Japan suffers large cyberattacks following government, airport hacks

Japan has experienced two recent cyberattacks that were directed at the Fujitsu company and Greater Tokyo-based Narita Airport.

According to Cyberscoop, the hackers infiltrated Fujitsu’s software-as-a-service platform ProjectWEB. This led to around 76,000 email addresses from the government’s land, infrastructure and transport ministry as well as obtained data from the ministry’s internal mail and internal settings.

Fujitsu noted it had suspended its service to probe further into the ‘unauthorized access from a third party’. Meanwhile, Japanese chief cabinet secretary Kato Katsunobu commented that the cybersecurity center’s operations had not been compromised.

Hackers were also able to target the Narita Airport based in the Greater Tokyo area. This cyberattack saw hackers target the airport’s software to steal air traffic control data.

These attacks follow developments from last month that saw Katsunobu claim the government suspected that Chinese military hackers were behind a slew of cyberattacks that had impacted Japanese firms and research organisations, including some government entities.

This was followed by China’s foreign ministry hitting back that Japan should not inaccurately claim China was behind the attacks.

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