That's Not A New Hit Song You Just Downloaded -- It's Japan's Nuclear Secrets

from the who-hired-that-guy? dept

While IT managers may not see the importance of security software for themselves, you would think they would be a little more careful with things like interns and contractors. Not so, apparently. Over in Japan, a lot of people are not happy after discovering that a lot of classified technical data on nuclear power plants was leaked onto the internet by a contractor using a computer with a file sharing app that was apparently left open to sharing everything on the machine. First off, what kind of nuclear plant contractor is putting a file sharing app on his work laptop? Also, the article notes that the laptop was infested with viruses, but later seems to blame the file sharing app rather than the viruses -- so it's not entirely clear what the viruses have to do with this story. Update: Another article on this story notes that it was the virus that made the material available via the file sharing app. It also notes that the guy was using his personal computer -- and somehow this was allowed. It also details the information leaked, including inspection data, photographs and names of inspectors, as well as where they stayed when they did the inspections. No matter what, you have to wonder why the guy was allowed to use his personal computer or to use any computer for this data that hadn't been checked first for viruses or other vulnerabilities.

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    cant believe some ppl are just that naive, 5 Apr 2008 @ 5:48am

    hmm, lets see. Mister Toji stays in this hotel every 3 months for a week while doing an inspection. He always stays in room 312. I think I'll take room 311 during the same time so I can kidnap him, to find out how to cause a nuclear meltdown. hmm.

    Since I have his name and photograph, maybe I'll just abduct his wife or children and blackmail him into stealing some nuclear material for that bomb I was gonna build. hmm.

    Oh yeah, this info really lets the media know whats going on in a secret area. Wake up and smell the plutonium!

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