Friday, August 31, 2007

Japan v China

I couldn't make this up. Thanks to SANS Newsbites for catching the article Japan Military Homes, Ship Raided Over Data Leak.

The homes of several serving members of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and a destroyer were raided as part of an investigation into a leak of sensitive military data from a computer, Japan's Kyodo News reported Tuesday.

Officers from the Kanagawa prefectural police force and the JMSDF's own criminal investigations unit are investigating the leak of information related to the Aegis missile defense system, the sea-based Standard Missile-3 interceptor system and the reconnaissance satellite data exchange Link 16 system.

The Aegis leak first came to light in March this year when police were conducting an immigration-related investigation into the Chinese wife of a JMSDF officer. During the search they came across the data, which included the radar and transmission frequencies of the Aegis system. The officer wasn't authorized to be in possession of the data so the investigation was begun.

He apparently came into possession of the data while swapping pornography with another JMSDF officer, according to a previous report in the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

Any guesses which will be the next country to reveal its fight against Chinese intelligence services?

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