Virus hits in Japanese parliament

Three Japanese lawmakers have had their computers infected with a virus, the New York Times reports.

The three members of the lower house of Japan's parliament, the National Diet, got the virus on their PCs when one of them downloaded an e-mail attachment, government officials said Oct. 25.

The country's chief Cabinet secretary would not provide details about when the attachment was downloaded, but local media outlets were reporting that the lawmakers may have had their log-in information and some of their e-mails stolen.

The news of the virus follows a recent revelation about another cyberattack in the country, this one targeting defense contractors. As Defense Systems reported, that attack struck 83 computers at 11 of Mitsubishi Heavy's plants in Japan. The intrusion was originally considered minimal, but it is now thought to have transmitted data on U.S. military aircraft and nuclear power plants.

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