Three Japanese naval officers who swapped pornography on their computers triggered a scandal over a possible leak of sensitive data linked to Japan's missile defense system, a newspaper said Thursday.
Police launched a probe last week after a navy officer married to a Chinese woman was found to have taken home a computer disk containing information about the high-tech Aegis radar system, domestic media said.
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The officer told police he accidentally copied the confidential data onto his computer's hard disk when copying porn from a computer belonging to a crew member from another destroyer, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
A third officer was also found to have copied data on the Aegis system alongside pornographic images, the Yomiuri said.
Police suspect senior officers were also involved in the swap because none of the three were authorized to access the confidential information, the Yomiuri said.