Cyber attack in Japan : Malware steals 3k confidential documents from farm ministry


In a suspected Cyber attack against the Japan, Foreign hackers might have compromised more than 3000  confidential data from the country's Ministry of Agriculture,Forestry and Fishery by infecting the ministry's system with a malware.

Investigators from the governemnt revealed that malware used in the suspected cyber-attack to be HTran, a connection bouncer program believed to have been developed by a Chinese hacker group around 2003, The report from The Daily Yomiuri says.

HTran is often used in cyber-attacks to steal information, as it can send data secretly.

"The programme was also used to steal data from the Finance Ministry, as HTran data transmissions were discovered to have taken place from October 2010 to November 2011" The report says.

Initially, the ministry did not inform the police, despite the fact that the intrusion fell under the Unauthorized Access Prohibition Law. However, now, the police have launched their own investigation to determine what information has been compromised.