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  • Hackers Intrude into Systems of Public Research Groups
  • November 3, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Computer workstations in the National Astronomical Observatoryand theCommunications Research Laboratory (CRL) of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications were accessed illegally, and confidential information may have been accessed, an informed source said.
    The hackers/crackers have reportedly intruded a few times since June. The incidents were not brought to light until the beginning of October. Universities also reportedly came under attack.

    Some hackers are apparently able to set a program to extract information and it is still unclear how they intruded and what information was accessed, according to the CRL.

    The CRL replaced an entire system, with an aim to prevent another intrusion.

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)

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    Updated: Mon Nov 2 20:47:32 1998 PDT