The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has revealed that the translation guide system of the Kitora Tumulus Mural Painting Experience Center “Shigami no Yakata” has been tampered with by a cyber attack.
According to the ministry, the server of the business operator who had outsourced the operation and management of the “exhibition translation guide system for foreigners” was illegally invaded by a third party and had been tampered with since November 26th. The damage was discovered on December 20, and the system was suspended at around 14:30 on the same day.
The tampered system is a service that guides the exhibition contents of the Kitora Tumulus Mural Painting Experience Center “Shigami no Yakata” to foreigners in multiple languages.
A QR code for accessing the system is posted in the same building, but when accessing from the QR code, normal content is displayed, but the content has been rewritten due to falsification, and the URL written with the QR code is posted on the Internet. When they searched, content that seemed to be an e-commerce site unrelated to the search results was displayed, and when was accessed, irrelevant content was displayed.
Although no damage has been confirmed in the ministry because the system has been tampered with, the websites of the National Asuka Historical Park and the Heijo Palace Remains Historical Park, where the museum is set up for safety confirmation, are also included. The publication was suspended.
After implementing security measures in the future, the system and website will be restarted around mid-January.