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Japan’s foreign ministry removed software made by Baidu out of fear that content may flow through servers in China.  Japan’s government warned that certain software used for writing Japanese characters could lead to security leaks, including some programmes made in China.

 

The National Information Security Centre asked all central government ministries to avoid the programs when making confidential documents because a record of the writing can be sent to servers outside the country. The programmes, made by Beijing-based Baidu Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc, allow people to use an English-language keyboard to write Japanese characters by spelling them phonetically.

 

Japan’s Foreign Ministry removed software programmes made by Baidu from five PCs its Tokyo headquarters, said spokesman Makoto Higashiyama. The ministry said it’s instead using programmes made by Tokyo-based Justsystems Corp and Microsoft.  “Baidu provides the service using a cloud server, which means content flows through servers in China,” Tsuneo Tosaka, IDC Japan’s Software & Security Research Manager, said in a phone interview.

 

“Government-related documents from Japan central ministries and findings from university research institutions is important, so there is a possibility that sensitive information leaks abroad.”  Baidu said it planned to issue a statement later today, according to Anna Wang, a company spokeswoman.  Yuji Mizuta, a spokesman for NISC, declined to identify which companies make software that sends user information to servers outside Japan.

 

The security agency told all central government ministries December 19 that if the function that relays information abroad can’t be disabled, it shouldn’t be used for confidential documents, according to Mizuta.

Bloomberg

A photo illustration shows Baidu's website and Microsoft's logo on computer screens in Shanghai July 5, 2011. Japan's foreign ministry removed software made by Baidu out of fear that content may flow through servers in China.  — Reuters picA photo illustration shows Baidu’s website and Microsoft’s logo on computer screens in Shanghai July 5, 2011. Japan’s foreign ministry removed software made by Baidu out of fear that content may flow through servers in China. — Reuters picTOKYO, Dec 26 — Japan’s government warned that certain software used for writing Japanese characters could lead to security leaks, including some programmes made in China.

The National Information Security Centre asked all central government ministries to avoid the programs when making confidential documents because a record of the writing can be sent to servers outside the country. The programmes, made by Beijing-based Baidu Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc, allow people to use an English-language keyboard to write Japanese characters by spelling them phonetically.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry removed software programmes made by Baidu from five PCs its Tokyo headquarters, said spokesman Makoto Higashiyama. The ministry said it’s instead using programmes made by Tokyo-based Justsystems Corp and Microsoft.

“Baidu provides the service using a cloud server, which means content flows through servers in China,” Tsuneo Tosaka, IDC Japan’s Software & Security Research Manager, said in a phone interview. “Government-related documents from Japan central ministries and findings from university research institutions is important, so there is a possibility that sensitive information leaks abroad.”

Baidu said it planned to issue a statement later today, according to Anna Wang, a company spokeswoman.

Yuji Mizuta, a spokesman for NISC, declined to identify which companies make software that sends user information to servers outside Japan. The security agency told all central government ministries December 19 that if the function that relays information abroad can’t be disabled, it shouldn’t be used for confidential documents, according to Mizuta. — Bloomberg

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