[ISN] Minister urges companies to guard against hacking

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Date: Mon Mar 24 2003 - 00:41:17 PST

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    Mainichi Shimbun
    March 23, 2003
    Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma has urged Japanese
    companies and individuals to be on their guard against antiwar hackers
    who may try to penetrate their computer systems.
    Since the U.S. opened hostilities against Iraq, hackers have targeted
    U.S. government websites and a site belonging to the U.S. Navy,
    filling them with anti-American statements or slogans deriding U.S.  
    President George W Bush.
    Hiranuma warned that Japan could be targeted because of its strong
    support for the U.S.-led attempt to rid the world of the threat of
    Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
    "As of this moment, however, we have not heard of any reports of
    Japanese sites being attacked," a spokesman for the ministry said
    Ministry officials are urging all those responsible for maintaining a
    website to be on the alert for possible attempts at hacking. Over
    1,000 hacking attempts have been reported on U.S. government sites
    since the war began on Thursday Japan time.
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