[funsec] Data on U.S. military's Iraqi operations leaked onto
Richard M. Smith
rms at computerbytesman.com
Thu Nov 30 08:17:52 CST 2006
Internal data such as information concerning U.S. military operations in
Iraq <http://search.breitbart.com/q?s=iraq&sid=breitbart.com> have recently
been leaked to the Internet from a privately owned personal computer of an
Air Self-Defense Force member loaded with a file sharing software, ASDF
investigations have shown.
The information on transport operations and personnel deployment of the U.S.
military in Iraq in June and July was given as confidential data from the
U.S. military and its leak could have posed a serious threat to the safety
of foreign troops operating in Iraq. The ASDF said, "The situation has
changed from the time then and it will therefore have no impact."
An analysis of the hard disk drive that included the information indicated
the data were leaked on Friday, the investigations showed.
The issue was taken up at a parliamentary committee meeting Thursday.
Director General Fumio Kyuma admitted that measures taken so far to stamp
out leaks have been insufficient, saying, "Instructions were issued to
delete official information and the person reported he deleted it but there
were data left."
The Self-Defense Force has been embarrassed by a series of internal data
leaks from privately owned PCs since the fall last year. The latest incident
took place while the SDF was taking measures to stop such leaks.
Agency Vice Minister Takemasa Moriya said rigorous penalties will be served
in the latest case.
The data also include security exercises at an ASDF base in Naha, Okinawa
, the ASDF said.
The ASDF is obtaining such data from U.S. forces because it continues
airlifting goods of multinational forces in Iraq even after Ground
Self-Defense Force members withdrew from Iraq in July.
According to the ASDF, data were leaked from a PC owned by a first
who belongs to the Naha base of the ASDF. The officer was stationed in Qatar
<http://search.breitbart.com/q?s=qatar&sid=breitbart.com> from March to
August this year. Qatar hosts the U.S. military command for Iraqi
reconstruction assistance operations, according to the Defense Agency.
The first lieutenant took a privately owned notebook PC there and used it in
his official duties without authorization, the agency said.
After returning to Japan, the first lieutenant copied the information in
question to an external hard disk drive, which he hooked up with another
privately owned PC loaded with the file sharing software Winny apparently
infected with a computer virus
according to the agency.
The leak drew the attention of Internet users who posted items about the
data on a bulletin board
which prompted the ASDF to investigate the case.
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