Feeds

Japan implicated in Kiwi hacking probe

Tora! Tora! Tora! But evidence of cyberwar is pretty thin

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

A Japanese government agency has been implicated in attempts to hack into a medical research institute in New Zealand.

Kiwi news service NZOOM cites security consultant Philip Whitmore from PricewaterhouseCoopers to support its allegations of state sponsored espionage against New Zealand's private sector.

Whitmore was reportedly called in to advise an unnamed Kiwi medical institute which was being probed in hacking attacks believed to have originated from South East Asia.

According to NZOOM, Whitmore attended an incident where a server containing sensitive information inside a Kiwi medical research institute was targeted in an unsuccessful attack which "originated from a Japanese government agency".

Quite what form this attack took isn't explained in the article, which goes off on a tangent about the "US-China" cyberwar.

The possibility that the "attack" may have been generated by a zombie agent on a Japanese government system or a server compromised by the Code Red worm isn't explored in the article. Anyone who has a firewall knows that probes and scans go on all the time, so leaping from a scan to "Japanese govt behind spy hacks" is quiet a leap.

Last week, a Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection was set up in New Zealand and we're left wondering if the story is an attempt to give a sexy news hook. In the absence of more substantive evidence this would seem to be the case. ®

External links

NZOOM: Japanese govt behind spy hacks

Related stories

The Code Red hype Hall of Shame
CIA admits it can't keep up with 'commie' hackers
US China cyberwar is a self-fulfilling prophecy
Hackers worse than terrorists - Robin Cook

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.