Jun 17, 2015

Fukushima radioactive waste storage operator's intranet infected by virus

The internal computer network of the state-run Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corp., which manages temporary storage sites for decontaminated waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, has been infected by a computer virus, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday. The operator also known as JESCO, ...

Jun 2, 2015

Pension system hack sparks worries over My Number initiative

The revelation that the nation’s pension system has been hacked on an unprecedented scale may affect ongoing Diet deliberations on a bill to assign citizens individual numbers to improve social security management. The Japan Pension Service said during a hastily arranged news conference Monday ...

Feb 3, 2015

Benesse to install staff body scanner in bid to prevent leaks

Benesse Holdings Inc. will introduce airport-grade body scanner at its headquarters as part of efforts to prevent further data leaks, according to the scanner’s supplier. Japan Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the scanner will be installed at the end of March at Benesse Infoshell ...

Sep 27, 2014

Benesse data safety measures insufficient: METI

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry says Benesse Corp. has not worked out adequate measures to ensure the safety of customer data from leakage or theft. METI on Friday rejected Benesse’s report on steps to prevent massive customer data leaks, such as the ...

Sep 25, 2014

Hackers steal data on JAL frequent fliers, airline says

Hackers may have stolen details of between 110,000 and 750,000 members of Japan Airlines’ frequent flier club, the airline said, blaming a virus attack on computer terminals within its network. The data includes the names, addresses, genders and places of work of members of ...

Sep 10, 2014

Benesse to revamp data security after massive data leak

The Benesse group on Wednesday outlined its new data security setup, which the company says will bolster customer information protection after it was embroiled in Japan’s biggest-ever data theft. Benesse Holdings Inc. and its group company Benesse Corp. said they will send a ¥500 ...

Aug 27, 2014

'Personal info deletion' scams surge after Benesse leaks

A growing number of people are falling prey to a phone scam in which perpetrators pose as public officials and demand money in return for deleting what they claim is leaked personal information, the National Consumer Affairs Center has warned. The center wants consumers ...