Japanese trade ministry computer server spammed TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade ministry has apparently been attacked by a new high-tech enemy -- junk e-mail, or ``spam.'' The Ministry of International Trade and Industry discovered more than 200 unsolicited bulk e-mail messages clogging one of its Internet-linked computer servers, Kyodo News reported Friday. The English-language messages reportedly had been sent from the United States and advertised an investment venture. They did not penetrate an internal system which is protected from unauthorized access. The ministry was investigating whether or not the transmission of the messages was intentional, Kyodo said. Ministry officials weren't immediately available for comment. Once envied for its role in fostering the postwar Japanese ``economic miracle,'' the industrial policy arm of the government has come under increasing criticism for failing to deregulate Japan's marketplace and encourage competitive business practices. [INLINE] [INLINE] Return to top[ISMAP]-This image allows you to access site resources 1997 - 1998 Mercury Center. The information you receive online from Mercury Center is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The copyright laws prohibit any copying, redistributing, retransmitting, or repurposing of any copyright-protected material.
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