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A PC infected with a virus leaks Japanese power plant information on the Internet

The Japan Times reports that sensitive information from a thermoelectric power plant run by the Chubu Electric Power Company was leaked onto the internet following a virus infection. The unnamed virus is said to have spread documents regarding the plant’s security arrangements, locations of various facilities at the power company including the control room, instrument panel room and boilers, the names and addresses of its security personnel and other confidential information, via the popular file-sharing program “Share.” The incident occurred after a 40-year-old security employee installed Share on his computer in March.

This news report follows another such announcement by the power company four months back when security information was leaked through the file sharing program “Winny.” There have been other reports of viruses written specifically to leak information from infected PC’s onto the Japanese file sharing networks.  

The US energy industry has also seen its share of incidents. In 2003, the Slammer worm penetrated a private computer network at Ohio's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and disabled a safety monitoring system for nearly five hours. In 2004, United Nations warned governments against threat of cyber attacks on nuclear plants and these instances just highlight the importance of Information Security and work that still needs to be done.




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