1.25 mil. peo­ple’s pen­sion data hacked in Ja­pan

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

Ja­pan’s pen­sion ser­vice said Mon­day it suf­fered a hack attack that led to 1.25 mil­lion cases of per­sonal data be­ing leaked.

An em­ployee opened an email with a virus, trig­ger­ing the re­lease of client names, pen­sion ac­count num­bers, birth dates and ad­dresses, it said, adding that the breach was dis­cov­ered last week.

“We have con­tacted po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter,” Toichiro Mizushima, pres­i­dent of Ja­pan Pen­sion Ser­vice, told a press brief­ing in Tokyo.

The af­fected com­puter has been iso­lated to pre­vent a spread of the virus, the ser­vice said, adding that there was no ev­i­dence the prob­lem af­fected a core com­puter sys­tem that tracks pen­sion­ers’ fi­nan­cial and work his­tory.

The ser­vice said it would change the ac­count num­bers of those af­fected and con­tinue an in­ter­nal probe.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor of Ja­pan’s public pen­sion — the world’s big­gest — has been at­tempt­ing to re­form it­self af­ter a 2007 scan­dal in which the gov­ern­ment ad­mit­ted hav­ing lost some 50 mil­lion pen­sion records.

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