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Japan's MoD hit by cyber attack

28 November 2016

The communication network shared by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) was the target of a cyber attack in September, an MoD official told IHS Jane's on 28 November.

The official, however, declined to confirm a report by Kyodo news agency claiming that hackers also managed to penetrate the JSDF's computer system and that some information may have been leaked.

"The ministry is frequently the target of cyber attacks but we cannot comment on these reports," he said.

Kyodo reported that a foreign nation is "strongly suspected' of being behind the attack.

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