Japan folks, please pay attention!

Hackers Access Over 461,000 Accounts in Uniqlo Data Breach:

Fast Retailing, the company behind multiple Japanese retail brands, announced that the UNIQLO Japan and GU Japan online stores have been hacked and third parties accessed 461,091 customer accounts following a credential stuffing attack.

As detailed in the official statement issued Fast Retailing following the security breach, the credential stuffing attack which led to the data breach took place between April 23 and May 10, 2019, with the number of compromised accounts possibly being higher seeing that the investigation has not yet concluded.

“While the number of incidents and circumstances may change during the course of the investigation, Fast Retailing is today providing notice of the facts as determined at the present time, and the company’s response,” says Fast Retailing.

The company also listed the customer information which got accessed during the attack:

• Customer name (last name and first name)
• Customer address (postal code, address, and apartment number)
• Customer phone number, mobile phone number, email address, gender, date of birth, purchase history, and clothing measurements
• Receiver name (last name and first name), address, and phone number
• Customer partial credit card information (cardholder name, expiration date, and portion of credit card number). The credit card numbers potentially accessed are hidden, other than the first four and last four digits. In addition, the CVV number (credit card security code) is not displayed or stored.

On May 13, Fast Retailing disabled the account passwords of 461,091 UNIQLO Japan and GU Japan online shop customers and started sending emails to all affected individuals to reset their passwords.

Fast Retailing discovered the breach after multiple customers reports of weird account activity and blocked the attackers from accessing the company’s computing systems, while also “strengthening monitoring of other access points.”

“Fast Retailing has also filed a report of damages regarding the unauthorized logins with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police,” states the data breach notification.

The company concludes the data breach notification [EN, JP] by asking all its customers to change their passwords especially if they’re also using them on other online platforms:

Fast Retailing is therefore requesting everyone who uses the same user ID or password with other services, not just the customers who have been contacted individually, to change their passwords immediately. The company recognizes that protecting customer information is a matter of the highest priority, considering this incident extremely serious, and is strengthening monitoring of unauthorized access, as well as taking other steps to further ensure that customers are able to shop with safety.

Customers who want more details regarding the data breach can contact the company’s customer service team using the free of charge 0800-000-1022 support phone line “available 9:00-17:00, including weekends and holidays,” or via e-mail at [email protected]

While the number of Fast Retailing online customers is not public, “Internet sales made up 10% of domestic sales in the first half of the company’s current fiscal year,” as Bloomberg initially reported.

(Via BleepingComputer)

I like how fast this was disclosed. I don’t like that I learned about it from a non-Japanese news source.

I have a cool video of Mr. (or Ms., women can be lizards too) Lizard. My site won’t let me upload it right now though. The Chinese couple next to me noticed it first with a shrill cry of surprise that I’m almost positive came from the man.

As typical, the Doubletree was outstanding.

Ride to the airport was good, but I was ill prepared for the mess that was Taipei airport. Long lines, security staff apparently trained in the TSA school of incompetence and rudeness, and moving walkways moving … oddly.

I got into one of the Priority Pass lounges that was rated poorly. I found it very good. The only complaint I had was that the bathroom is outside of the lounge, but if that was the worst that would happen it would be a good day.

It wasn’t.

The EVA Air staff was again poor. Again, we arrived late. The immigration folks at Narita were uncharacteristically inefficient – I was given bad information twice. Then the Narita Express ticket agent was rude. She directed me to the lower level desk (I think because she was on social media) and they pointed me to the self service machines where I proceeded to buy the wrong ticket in roughly the right direction.

I got home about an hour later than expected.

I’m glad I took the trip but I should have done half in Bali and half in Taipei.

… in which I end up back in Taipei three hours late …

Another great breakfast and another swim in the ocean. Check out was noon so I got my full before taking the ride to the airport.

I learned EVA Air is going though a labor dispute, so service was middling at best. We took off late and arrived at the gate even later. By the time I cleared immigration and customs and got a cab it was already after 22:00.

Another nice brief stay at the Doubletree. When I go back for a proper visit I will definitely stay there again. Of all the hotels on this trip, I liked this one the best.

This is my last full day in Bali. Tomorrow midday I head to the airport where I hope there’s not a repeat of inbound immigration (UPDATE: there wasn’t).

I started my day at the breakfast buffet.

It. Is. Huge. And delicious! I’m glad I didn’t take the Hilton points in lieu.

Then I swam in the ocean again. One of the things I forgot to mention is how steep the slope is around high tide. One’s ankles are likely to be pummeled by stones caught in the surf while ones arms are tangled in biomass on the surface.

Low tide shows a very different landscape. The slope is shallow and rock. Not rocky. Rock, pasted with sea foliage. I destroyed a set of hotel flip-flops trying to walk out on it.

Dinner that night was another ride into the village.

Yes. More pork. Again, delicious. Again, the restaurant offered a free shuttle back.

One thing that really irritated me at the Hilton was that no one asked me how my stay was but I was solicited to buy spa treatments 6 times and encouraged to eat at the restaurant twice. Somehow I will overcome.

Today I moved from one resort to another.

Having settled my bill the night before I took an early ride to the Hilton Resort. Check in isn’t until 15:00, but my early arrival allowed me to camp out on the beech. I swam in the ocean, dipped in the pool, and again read a lot.

After getting my room I took the hotel shuttle into … a shopping mall. I thought it was taking me to the village, but it few past to a site that at best is a Disney-esque retail version of Bali.

I left and got a taxi into the village. I found a beer garden full of Australians watching their football. I talked with a guy named Travis who was there in holiday.

I walked across the street to eat (everyone said the food at the beer garden was terrible). The seafood at this place was great.

And my night was capped off by a free shuttle back to the hotel, courtesy of the restaurant!

… in which I relaxed and read some more …

One of the advantages of the Karma Mayura resort where I stayed was the quality of the food. Almost everything was delicious. They obviously cater to westerners as a lot of their menu is oriented that way. Their local cuisine, while few, were tasty.

Anyway, I used my fourth and final massage session this afternoon. A different masseuse went to town on me. The change was nice.

My stomach was feeling better so I journeyed into Ubud for a pork rib dinner. It was wonderful.

Tomorrow is check out and check in day.

… in which I was laid low by some “Bali belly” …

I was supposed to do a tour this day but my sleep was punctuated by frequent visits to the loo. I was not keen on the amount of car time I would have, nor the options of the restrooms available.

I canceled my tour three hours before it was supposed to start. I payed a 100% penalty for it, but it was worth it based on how the rest of my day went.

What I did not expect was the tour guide to show up and hunt me down at the resort not once, but twice. In retrospect, he was hunting for a tip. I am not inclined to tip for a canceled service anyway, so I don’t feel too bad for the fellow.

My day was spent reading more books in the shade, hydrating, and then applying alcohol internally.

However, looking more closely at the data for the students who started learning after the age of 20, there are a lot of late learners who outperformed many native English speakers.


Today I drove around with a guide. We started at Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. A local village was there for their specific prayer to the Hindu gods.

There was more around the temple.

We went on from there to visit the UNESCO terraces at Jatiluwih Green Land.

And more wonders at Luhur Batukaru Temple (my favorite of the sites).

We finished at Tanah Lot Temple on the western cost along the Indian ocean.