TOKYO A virus that infected computers at Japanese overseas diplomatic missions had been designed to send data to servers in China, a report said on Friday.
The virus — Backdoor Agent MOF — has been found to have infected computers at around 10 embassies and consulates, and at least two of the servers designated as the recipients of stolen information were in China, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
The virus is capable of transmitting user IDs and other information to terminals outside and operating software by bypassing authorised users, the daily said.
The domain of the servers was the same as that used for earlier cyber attacks on Google and tens of other companies, the Yomiuri said, quoting unnamed sources.
A “backdoor” virus opens a route into a computer’s system to allow access by a remote hacker, who could use it to steal data.
The Yomiuri earlier this week reported Japan had found viruses in computers at overseas diplomatic missions including those in France, the Netherlands, Myanmar, the US, Canada, China and South Korea. MORE