Japanese IT and electronics giant, Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Corp. confessed to being a target of constant cyberattacks throughout 2018. This has led to 27,445 files, including data related to Japan’s Defense Ministry, being vulnerable to unauthorized access. However, whether these cyberattacks have led to any leakage of information is still unclear.
According to NEC Corp., highly confidential information including technical proposals made by the firm to the Maritime Self-Defense Force on submarine sonar was kept unconnected from the servers that stored defense-related and other business data. Thus, any damage or disclosure of sensitive data has not been detected yet.
This fiasco has raised concerns regarding Japan’s cybersecurity. In early January, another major electronics company, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., fell prey to cyberattacks that led to the leakage of classified information. The company also holds a pivotal role in Japan’s defense and infrastructure industries.
Such online invasion mostly targeted NEC’s personal computers and servers.
The company apologized for causing worries and concerns to its stakeholders. Currently, they are working towards making their networks less vulnerable.
Defense Ministry regarding Leakage of Information
According to the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, which works for the Defense Ministry, information that the ministry needs to protect is safe.
Moreover, Defense Minister Taro Kono spoke about other defense-related firms being at the receiving end of such encroachment during the fiscal years 2016-2018. Although he chose to stay secretive about the name of the firms, he plans to announce them soon.
NEC even admitted to not being able to detect some cyberattacks on NEC that took place after December 2016. It suspended its network in June 2017 to avoid any unauthorized communications from an external server. However, in July 2018, it was confirmed that a malware-infected some in-house computers which were subsequently isolated from the network.
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