US concerned by cyber attacks on defense contractors in Japan

The United States is concerned about recent cyber attacks on defense contractors in Japan, according to Reuters.

Some of the targeted contractors also build U.S.-designed missiles, warships and military aircraft.

Experts believe the attacks might have included the Stuxnet computer virus, which is described as a ‘guided-cyber missile’ targeting industrial control programs.

Read the full transcript of our online chat with Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS.

Experts also contend the attacks on Japan’s top defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which builds F-15 fighter jets, Patriot missiles and nuclear reactor parts, may have originated from a nation state.

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