A leading Japanese travel agency fears that cyber criminals may have stolen the personal details of nearly 8 million of their customers – including names, home and email addresses and, most worryingly, passport numbers.
Using a common phishing scam, the hackers used a targeted email attack to access the agency’s systems. An employee opened a malicious file attachment containing a virus that gave the intruder access to data contained on its server.
They are not alone. Over 6 million cyber incidents against Japanese government agencies were reported in 2015, up from just under 4 million in the previous year – reinforcing the notion that personal information has never been more vulnerable.
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