"As far as we currently know, no confidential information was contained in the files suspected to have been stolen. However, we have requested the university examine the impact in detail, including what kinds of information were included in the parts of the files that cannot be decoded."Even so, it's now known the attackers stole the personal information of 1,493 persons who work at the center. The university began notifying persons affected by the hack in October. Itsuro Nishimoto, chief engineering officer of LAC Co., says this attack should create a sense of urgency for industrial organizations:
"Leaks of personal information from cyber-attacks are often viewed as problematic. But in reality, damage to research achievements and corporate secrets are much more serious. Partly because such damage does not surface in many cases, awareness of the issue throughout society is weak. But people should have a sense of urgency when intellectual properties that are also important for national security are targeted."To protect against malware attacks and phishing scams, all organizations should conduct ongoing security awareness training with their organizations. They should also make use of solutions like email filtering tools to block malicious incoming messages. For more information on how to defend against phishing attacks, please click here. News of this hack comes amid growing concerns for the security of industrial control systems. That's especially true after the chief of the IAEA confirmed that a targeted attack caused “some disruption” at a nuclear power plant in mid-October 2016.