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Japanese Ministries Confirm Impact from Fujitsu Data Breach

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism this week confirmed impact from a data breach at service provider Fujitsu Limited.

Earlier this week, the Japanese multinational provider of IT services and products confirmed it suffered a cyberattack resulting in unauthorized access to ProjectWEB, a tool that allows organizations to share data within and outside their environments.

The company said that it stopped the service, to prevent further unauthorized access, but confirmed that “some of the information entrusted to us by our customers was stolen,” without providing further information on the matter.

“The scope and cause of this incident are currently under investigation, and the operation of ProjectWEB has been suspended to prevent further unauthorized access,” Fujitsu said.

On Wednesday, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it was impacted by the incident, saying that study material was stolen, and that some personally identifiable information might have been affected as well.

The ministry notes that the affected individuals were informed of the data leak and that the study information doesn't impact its systems or operations.

Also on Wednesday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said that approximately 76,000 email addresses of individuals both within and outside the ministry were likely compromised in the incident.

“No unauthorized access has been confirmed to the ministry's system,” the ministry said, adding that it experienced no interruptions as result of the data leak. The ministry also revealed plans to contact the individuals whose email addresses were compromised.

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