Kawasaki discloses Security breach

Security breach at Kawasaki has potentially exposed sensitive data to external parties from multiple overseas offices after unauthorised access.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. is a Japanese multinational company, active in the heavy equipment, motorcycles, engines, aerospace and defence equipment.

On June 11, 2020, an internal audit team discovered that unauthorised parties accessed a server in Japan from an office in Thailand. Within the same day, all communication between the overseas office and Japan office was stopped.

“However, other unauthorised accesses to servers in Japan from other overseas sites (Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States) were subsequently discovered,” said Kawasaki.

Kawasaki cut off all the communications between the sites from June 11 and June 8. The communication channels were restored after implementing network restrictions on November 30.

The company was subjected to unauthorised access from outside the company and did not leave a trace. 

“Because Kawasaki handles important sensitive information such as personal information and social infrastructure-related information, information security measures have been a top priority for the company,” said the company.

“Their investigation confirmed a possibility that information of unknown content may have been leaked to a third party. However, at the present time, we have found no evidence of leaking information, including personal information to external parties.”

Kawasaki special project team works with an independent external security specialist firm and has been investigating and implementing countermeasures.

Japanese companies Mitsubishi Electric, NEC were also subjected to data breach this year.

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