Originally Published: Wednesday, 26 January 2000 Author: Derrick H. Lewis
Published to: news_enhance_security/Security News Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

Japan calls emergency meeting as hackers hit.

[FIT] JAPAN has called an emergency meeting today to boost computer security after humiliating raids on Government websites by hackers.

Japan calls emergency meeting as hackers hit 14:43 Wednesday 26 January 2000 AAP

JAPAN has called an emergency meeting today to boost computer security after humiliating raids on Government websites by hackers. The hackers linked linked one Government website to a pornographic site and attacked Japan's war record on another. The announcement came amid revelations that the site at the Science and Technology Agency had been penetrated twice in two days, and that key data on another site, including census information, had been erased. The hacking came just days after a Government meeting at which officials decided to bring Japan up to US standards of computer security by 2003 and to draw up a plan to fight cyber-terrorism by the end of this year. These measures will now be enacted as soon as possible over the next one to two years, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said. The newest hacker entry left a second message in Chinese - this time on the agency home page - and again assailed the stand by some ultra-rightist Japanese groups that the 1937 Nanjing massacre never happened, the Mainichi newspaper said. The raid was discovered yesterday. The message was virtually identical to one left on a site of the Management and Coordination Agency on Monday - believed to be the first such recorded hacker raid on a Japanese Government site. "The Chinese people must speak up to protest against the Japanese Government for refusing to acknowledge the historical misdeed of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre,'' the message read. A meeting by ultra-rightist Japanese last weekend to try to whitewash the incident has whipped up new anger in China, where hundreds marched in Nanjing in protest yesterday. Japanese troops killed 300,000 Chinese, mostly civilians, in a six-week orgy of violence in the southern Chinese city in 1937. The Japanese Government acknowledges the incident took place. The Chinese Government has lodged a protest against the weekend meeting. The Government in Osaka, the western Japanese city in which the meeting was held, said it could not bar the meeting for reasons of freedom of speech. Chief government spokesman Mikio Aoki said on today several ministers would hold a meeting later in the day to discuss the hacker raids, which have made Japan's computer vulnerability painfully clear. Derogatory messages, one reportedly saying: "Japanese are losers'', appeared on the science agency's home page on Monday. The hacker had also equipped the page with a direct access switch to pornographic websites overseas. Another victim of the hackers was the statistics bureau at the Management and Coordination Agency, which found yesterday that all data, including census and consumer price figures, had been erased from its site. The information was later retrieved from a backup system. The Government has responded with anger to the wave of raids, calling them "deplorable''. It has vowed to conduct stringent investigations, possibly calling on the US Government - more experienced in combating hackers - for help.