Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A high-tech military contractor, which suffered an attack from hackers earlier this year, is reported to have lost sensitive data related to defence equipment including fighter jet planes and nuclear power plant plans.

The Ashai Shimbun claims that when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was hit by an attack earlier this year sensitive data and plans were also stolen from the company’s network.

The news report claims that sources told it that an investigation had discovered information about fighter jets, helicopters and nuclear power plant design and safety plans, could have been stolen following a malware infection.

According to reports, checks on Mitsubishi Heavy computers have uncovered evidence that information was transmitted via them to parties unknown…

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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