JP: Benesse customer info sold immediately after data theft: police

Mainichi reports:

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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