Cyberattack against Mitsubishi Electric Started in March 2019

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--The cyberattack against Mitsubishi Electric Corp. <6502> started in March last year, targeting a server at a foothold in China, the company has said.

The server was hacked on March 18, 2019, and infection with malware that can be controlled remotely spread, according to the major Japanese machinery maker's in-house investigation report released on Wednesday.

Hacking then started at the company's computers in Japan via the server in China, Mitsubishi Electric said, noting that Japanese Defense Ministry-related and other information may have leaked from the firm by the time it could completely block the hacking last July.

The company said that it was unable to track down the hacker. The cyberattack on the company came to light last month.

Among the possibly leaked information were sensitive data on equipment for the ministry, the company said, noting that they were documents including required performances compiled toward bidding for a prototype for research.

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