[ISN] New type of cyber-attack targets govt bodies, firms

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000711266 The Yomiuri Shimbun October 9, 2013 At least 20 organizations, including central government bodies such as the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, along with major companies, came under a new type of targeted cyber-attack in August and September, where some computers were found to have been infected with a virus that steals confidential information, it has been learned. Attackers implanted the virus on certain websites. When people using targeted computers browsed these sites, the computers were infected with the virus. The virus did not attack non-targeted computers. The National Information Security Center has been increasingly alert about the latest cyber-attacks, saying, “This is a new technique targeting Japan’s confidential information.” According to investigations by NISC and The Yomiuri Shimbun, organizations that came under these cyber-attacks also include the Foreign Ministry and the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry as well as independent administrative institutions, such as the National Hospital Organization, TV stations and defense-related companies. […]