China denies hacking high-tech weapon maker

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

When news of a hack against Japan’s biggest weapons maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, broke earlier this week an obvious question was – who might be responsible?

In all, more than 80 computers and servers at the firm – which manufactures everything from warships to space rockets – were infected by malware at a variety of sites. According to some local newspaper reports, a Chinese language script was found in one of the attacks which left computers at a submarine manufacturing plant and a missile manufacturing facility compromised.

The Guardian reports that the claims of Chinese involvement were firmly denied by a spokesman from China’s foreign ministry:

“The Chinese government has consistently opposed hacking activities….

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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