Gifu government and Osaka TV station targeted with suspicion of Chinese military hacking

The seat of the prefectural government of Gifu is shown in this file photo. (Mainichi / Hiroki Samejima)

TOKYO – The headquarters of the prefectural government in Gifu and a television station in Osaka prefecture were among the targets of a large series of cyber attacks in 2016 and 2017 in which the Chinese People’s Liberation Army was allegedly involved, said springs at Mainichi Shimbun.

The attacks reportedly targeted other local bodies in addition to the prefectural government of Gifu. No information leak has been confirmed.

Asked by the Mainichi Shimbun, a government official from Gifu Prefecture said, “We did not know we had been affected by a cyber attack, but we received a police investigation in April this year. the servers of the prefectural government, but there no newspaper indicated that information had been withdrawn.

To date, it has emerged that some 200 organizations, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, large electronics maker Mitsubishi Electric Corp., large heavy industry company IHI Corp. and Keio University were targeted in the attacks.

All of these organizations had introduced the Unified Management Tool Skysea on their computers, and it is believed that hackers attempted to exploit a vulnerability in the software.

In April, the Public Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department sent documents to the procuratorate about a Chinese system engineer in his 30s suspected of entering a false name in a contract for the Japanese server used to carry out the cyber attacks. , accusing him of having illegally created and used electromagnetic recordings. Police are also continuing to investigate a former Chinese student who was suspected of also inscribing a false name in a server’s contract on the instruction of a personality linked to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

(Japanese original by Buntaro Saito, Tokyo City News Department)

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