JP: Benesse customer info sold immediately after data theft: police
The culprit behind the theft of customer data from correspondence education giant Benesse always intended to sell the information, and did so almost immediately, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) believes.
A source close to the case has told the Mainichi Shimbun that a systems engineer from a subcontractor managing a Benesse Holdings Inc. customer database illicitly downloaded the information at the end of last year. The Mainichi also learned that a Tokyo-based personal information dealer acquired this data no later than January this year.
The customer data had been entrusted to Benesse Holdings group company Synform Co., which employed subcontractors — including the firm where the systems engineer worked — to manage the information.
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