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Nuclear Material Control Center data leak report says sensitive info unlikely affected

The Nuclear Material Control Center released the results of its internal inquiry on May 18 regarding an incident whereby data was leaked from file-sharing software that had been installed onto an employee's personal computer.

The center, a public interest incorporated foundation that is responsible for conducting nuclear-related inspections on nuclear power and other facilities, revealed that the center's server was separately accessed illegally last year in February -- and was subsequently utilized as a type of springboard from which to conduct cyber-attacks on outside computers.

According to the center's report, the illegal access occurred as a result of defects in the server's security -- and has already been corrected following a warning from an external agency.

However, the center did not report this matter to the secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority until April this year -- thereby flouting its own internal regulations by not reporting the problem when it was first discovered.

Regardless, because the file-sharing software was used only on one single employee computer, the center has said that the possibility that sensitive information was leaked is low.

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