[IWAR] JAPAN Ministry of Trade spammed

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Date: Fri Jan 23 1998 - 10:01:01 PST

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    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.
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