Japanese government affected by Fujitsu data breach

Data from various Japanese government organizations was stolen after hackers allowed themselves access to Fujitsu software. That writes ZDNet and was confirmed by the company. Fujitsu meanwhile took the software package offline and started an investigation.

According to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the hackers gave themselves access from Narita Airport to ProjectWEB, a product management software package from Fujitsu that is used by many Japanese government agencies. The hackers were able to steal information about the airport’s air traffic and the Japanese cybersecurity center was promptly notified.

On Wednesday, the Japanese ministries of infrastructure, transport and land subsequently reported that data was also stolen from them. According to these ministries, about 76,000 e-mail addresses were leaked and data from internet institutions was also stolen. The Japanese center for cybersecurity did not escape either. Data from various local branches was stolen from them.

Fujitsu has now taken the product management software offline. The company confirmed to ZDNet that their systems were compromised. “There has been illegal access to ProjectWEB. We are currently investigating the incident and are in close contact with both the parties involved and the Japanese authorities,” it said.