Cyber Attack on Mitsubishi Electric and China held as a suspect

Mitsubishi Electric which happens to be Japan’s largest electronic equipment manufacturer and supplier to the world has released an official confirmation early today that it has become a victim of a cyber attack sometime in June last year.


The official statement confirms that some of the personal data and corporate data of the Japanese manufacturer were accessed by hackers and this includes information related to business partners and those related to government contracts.


Readers of Cybersecurity Insiders have to notify a fact over here that Mitsubishi has recently bagged a national project from the Defense Ministry and Nuclear Regulation Authority and a source from ‘Japan Times’ reports that data related to those projects and electricity infrastructure was also accessed by hackers in the data breach which took place last year.


Data related to over 8,000 people which includes 1,569 retirees of the company, 3K Mitsubishi Electric careers and 4,125 employees are said to have been accessed by the threat actors in the data leak.


What interesting is that the information related to those who applied for jobs between Oct’17 to April 2019 and those who bagged the jobs and that too high-level designations in the company between 2011 and 2016 were also accessed by hackers.


Yoshihide Soga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary confirmed that data related to Mitsubishi Electric product sales and technology of Mitsubishi was also accessed on an illegal note by hackers in June last year and a Chinese cybercrime unit backed by the government of Xi Jinping is suspected to be behind the attack- says the Prima Facie conducted by the Mitsubishi.


From early this year, the electrical equipment manufacture started to notify its clients and offered an apology to them for the data breach on a voluntary note.


Mitsubishi which has also entered the business of Cybersecurity from July 2019 has admitted that it has bolstered its cyber-defense line since the day of the incident.


Note- Whenever a cyber attack takes place on the west or some nations in the east, the fingers point towards China or Russia or in some cases towards North Korea and Iran.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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