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US is critical of Japanese defence hacks

Woulda, coulda, shoulda
Wed Sep 21 2011, 09:38

THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS US government has expressed concern after a Japanese defence contractor was hacked, because, you know, that sort of thing never happens in the US.

The hacking of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has already prompted the Japanese government to reveal disappointment that the security breach was not disclosed sooner, as it could put national security at risk.

"It's up to the defense ministry to decide whether or not the information is important. That is not for Mitsubishi Heavy to decide," said a Ministry of Defence spokesperson earlier this week, "A report should have been made."

Now the US is waving its oar around, and warning that Japan should focus on security, rather than, say, electronics, automobiles or manufacturing, we imagine.

"Cyber security must be a public-sector priority," US embassy spokeswoman Karen Kelley said to Reuters, while another "industry source" revealed that the US government has been pressuring its far eastern neighbour to increase its cyber security protection.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries does some pretty heavy business. It builds fighter jets, missiles and parts for nuclear reactors. It is thought that the attacks might have come from another country. µ

 

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