Oct 20 2008
According to the report, the Chinese hackers used and SQL injection attack that compromised the information of as many as 2,400 users:
The official Web site of the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation was attacked by an overseas hacker and infected with viruses that can lift information from the personal computers of people who access the site, according to JOGMEC.
Hacking of JOGMEC’s Web site took place on several occasions from overseas, mainly from China.
Some observers have said the incident could be linked to gas exploration projects in the East China Sea. In June, shortly before the site was first hacked, Tokyo and Beijing reached their first ever agreement on joint gas-development projects–a major step in the longstanding dispute over the issue.
However, there was notable backlash expressed online from Chinese people who complained the agreement gave too many concessions to Japan. Harsh criticism of the Japanese government over the projects also was expressed on the bulletin boards and other sites mostly based in China.
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