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Anti-nuclear citizens groups targeted in massive cyber-attack
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:53:12 +0000 (UTC)


Staff Writer
The Asahi Shimbum
November 10, 2013

Anti-nuclear citizens groups around Japan were left reeling from a blizzard of e-mail traffic--more than 2.53 million messages--that had all the hallmarks of a coordinated cyber-attack.

At least 33 groups were targeted in the campaign carried out from mid-September to early November.

Experts said there was little doubt that a computer program developed exclusively for the purpose was used in the attack. It ranks as Japan’s first cyber-attack to target specific citizens groups.

Lawyer Yuichi Kaido, who is acting on behalf of those groups, told The Asahi Shimbun he is considering filing a criminal complaint against the senders of the e-mails on grounds of forcible obstruction of business--that is, if the perpetrators can be found.


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