August 13, 2001

Japanese government behind spy hacks

Author: JT Smith

A Japanese government agency has been implicated in an attempt to break into the computers of a New Zealand medical research institute. While not clearly stated, the NZOOM report on the matter hints at an allegation of state-sanctioned industrial espionage against Japan. As The Register points out in their coverage of this story, NZOOM doesn't actually mention the form of the attack, or even raise the possibility that the attack may have been generated by a zombie agent or compromised server. Was the NZOOM story nothing more than a "sexy" angle to promote a new government computer security agency?

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