Info-sharing tool malware eyed as culprit in data breach

    Unauthorized access to an information-sharing tool that Fujitsu Ltd developed has hit the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics, the latest data breach said sources famiiar with the matter.
    Leaked were personal information from a total of 170 people involved in security management who have participated in a drill hosted by Japan’s cybersecurity center. The drill was called to brace for potential cyber attacks during the Games.

    TOKYO — Fujitsu said data breaches have already been found in government agencies, including the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Foreign Ministry.

    With less than 50 days to the Olympics, the organizers and government continue to ramp up efforts to prevent cyber attacks from disrupting the games.

    The center made no comments whether the information leaked were in any way related to the Games. It has not confirmed either any disruptions in the operation of any of the organizations targeted.

    Fujitsu president Takahito Tokita, apologized to Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa for the data breach. It said in late May that the data of several of its corporate clients had been compromised because of unauthorized access to the tool, which is used to share information between internal and external parties of a company.

    The leak was likely caused by a malware infection, sources said. The company is still conducting investigations as to the cause and the extent of the impact.

    Breached were at least 76,000 email addresses of government officials and external parties, such as members of panels, as well as study materials on creating a digital government, said the government agencies. (TC/The MiNT)


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