Cyber war on Japanese embassies

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A cyber attack was launched against Japanese embassies and consulates throughout the world earlier this year, including the Dutch embassy in The Hague, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported today.

The hackers infected the embassy computer networks of the US, China, France, Canada, South Korea, Myanmar and the Netherlands last summer.

The revelations come just one day after it was made known that hackers broke into the computer systems of a number of Japanese parliamentarians. The attackers were able to access the email correspondence of the MPs for a whole month.

They were reportedly looking for information on Japanese foreign and defence policies, according to newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

Defence contractors attack Last month, Japan's top weapons maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI, as well as other defence contractors, were the victims of a cyber attack reportedly targeting data on missiles, submarines and nuclear power plants.

The online assault on MHI, which builds F-15 fighter jets and other US-designed weapons for Japanese forces began in August, but only came to light in September.

The government said then it was not aware of any leak of delicate information but ordered MHI to carry out a full enquiry.

“No classified data leaked” The Japanese government issued a statement today in response to the recent revelations. A spokesperson said no sensitive information has been leaked in the string of cyber attacks on government ministries, Japan's parliament and embassies.

At a press conference Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said there had been “absolutely no leakage of classified material up to this point.”

Mr Fujimura said the foreign ministry has two types of networks - an open local area network and a closed LAN to handle classified material. The cyber attacks on embassies only infiltrated the open LAN.

Many of the cyber attacks have been linked to servers in China.

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