(Asahi: January 20, 2016 – p. 7)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will launch a pilot project to have computer specialists called “white-hat hackers” break into systems and networks at service providers of key infrastructure such as electric utilities and hospitals to assess system loopholes through the eyes of hackers and protect them from cyberattacks.
The experiment, which will begin in fiscal 2016, will cover facilities that provide lifeline-related services, such as electricity, gas, and water utilities. METI will select a few of them and send white-hat hackers there. The hackers will launch targeted attacks to assess the vulnerability of the IT systems provided by the selected organizations. If there are vulnerabilities, they will actually break into systems to check if they can cause harm.
The results of the experiment will be made available to the related industries and be incorporated into security guidelines for the introduction of “smart meters” and other technologies. (Abridged)