Japanese Defense Agency Finally Decides That Staff Shouldn't Keep Nuclear Secrets On Personal Laptops In Shared Folders
from the took-'em-long-enough dept
You may recall a year and a half ago that some Japanese nuclear secrets were revealed to the world thanks to an IT contractor putting files on a personal computer that happened to have the popular Japanese file sharing app, Winny, installed. You would think that Japan would crack down on these sorts of practices, making sure that staff not be allowed to put sensitive files on personal computers or to install file sharing apps on government computers. However, instead, they just came out and publicly begged people not to use file sharing programs and to simply delete inappropriate info they might have downloaded. However, it appears that hasn’t worked very well. The Japanese Defense Agency is admitting they know of at least at least 27 cases of sensitive information being exposed via Winny in the last few years — starting not with the nuclear secrets in 2005, but fiscal data in 2002. Yes, for over four years they’ve known about the issue, and just now they’ve decided that maybe it would be a good idea to buy separate computers for Defense Agency staff, so that they don’t feel the need to put confidential Agency data on their home computers. It took them this long to figure this out? Of course, the government was much faster in going after the creator of Winny and finding him guilty of helping copyright violations. Perhaps they would have been better off focusing on not revealing state secrets, rather than charging a software programmer for building a useful tool that has been misused by government employees.