recommended reading

Threatwatch

Japanese navigation records, abandoned on boat, sail to Pyongyang organization

Misplaced data

Japan sold a decommissioned coast guard vessel to North Korea supporters without ensuring the destruction of key data.

The “navigation system was left intact, with the 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Kagoshima admitting that no checks were made to ensure data records had been wiped.”

The Takachiho boat was taken out of service in 2011 and sold to a ship breaker run by a senior figure from the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.  

The ship buyer “carries out many of the functions a NORKS embassy would have in Japan, as there are no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.”

The vessel could have recorded as many as 6,000 locations over about 250 days when it was transferred.

Such poor security is “certainly not the case these days, with heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and the Japanese coast guard regularly involved in patrols around the disputed Diaoyu (Senkaku) islands.”

Additional report in Yomiuri Shimbun

sector

Government (Foreign); Other Critical Infrastructure

reported

April 29, 2013

reported by

The Register

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Japan

perpetrators

Employee

location of perpetrators

Japan

date breach occurred

2011

date breach detected

Unknown