Murata Manufacturing Co. said on Aug. 5 that a Chinese subcontractor employee who was involved in a project to update the firm’s accounting system illegally obtained 70,000 pieces of data that include information on vendors. The individual is an employee of a Chinese affiliate of IBM Japan, which Murata outsourced the project to. The employee accessed the data and sent it to a personal account in an outside cloud service. The firm says it has not confirmed any leak of information to outsiders.
The information that was illegally obtained by the employee includes about 31,000 pieces of vendor information and about 42,000 pieces of personal data on Murata’s employees, including their names, telephone numbers and bank accounts in which their salaries are deposited. The employee, who was authorized to access such information, downloaded data on an office PC without permission and uploaded the data to an outside cloud service. There are no indications that the information was copied and downloaded by other people. (Abridged)