25 Oct '11, 7am

Japan parliament hit by China-based cyberattack

Japan parliament hit by China-based cyberattack

TOKYO: Computers in Japan's lower house of parliament were hit by cyberattacks from a server based in China that left information exposed for at least a month, a report said Tuesday. Passwords and other information could have been compromised in the attacks, which began in July but were not reported to security authorities until the end of August, the Asahi Shimbun said, without citing sources. The government's top spokesman Osamu Fujimura, chief cabinet secretary and a lower house member, said he was not previously aware of the reported attack but that the government was investigating the issue. However, the Asahi said that lower house officials told lawmakers and parliamentary staff to change their network IDs and passwords, over fears that security had been breached. The Asahi said politicians' computers and a lower house server contracted a "Trojan horse" virus contain...

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