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Universities the weak link when hackers strike Japan

34% of schools in poll say information was stolen or work impeded

Professors at the prestigious University of Tokyo and elsewhere were targeted to steal government information. (Photo by Tsuneyuki Kenmochi)
Professors at the prestigious University of Tokyo and elsewhere were targeted to steal government information. (Photo by Tsuneyuki Kenmochi)

TOKYO -- Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan's maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge.

An attacker posing as a Cabinet Office staffer attached to a government council on ocean policy emailed malware-laced files to professors at targets including the prestigious University of Tokyo and the Kyushu Institute of Technology. At least one apparently took the bait and opened a file, making possible the theft of information.

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