38 Japan firms’ authentication data stolen amid surge in teleworkers

Kyodo News reports:

Sumitomo Forestry Co., Hitachi Chemical Co. and 36 other Japanese companies had authentication information to access their virtual private networks stolen and leaked by hackers this summer, an information security expert said Tuesday.

VPN usage has increased as companies encourage employees to work from home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The stolen data could facilitate illegal third-party access to the firms’ internal networks.

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