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Tokyo police department to collect advance warnings of possible cyberattacks

  • January 24, 2017
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

From March 2017, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) will launch a framework to automatically collect signs of possible cyberattacks against companies or other organizations as well as to warn the companies and organizations of potential attacks. The TMPD will share this and other related information collected with about 100 infrastructure entities, including electricity and transportation companies as well as financial institutions. It is rare for an investigation agency and private-sector entities to collaborate on measures to address cyberattacks.


Warnings of and claims of responsibility for such attacks as DDoS [distributed denial of service] as well as information on viruses will be included among the data automatically collected. Based on keywords set in advance, the TMPD will analyze data collected on the Internet.


The TMPD will share a bulletin board with the participating entities. Information analyzed by the TMPD will be swiftly posted on the bulletin board, and entities can post suspicious e-mails and information about damage suffered. Even if they have not been targeted for an attack, entities can take cyberattack countermeasures similar to those taken by the actual organization targeted, including fortifying their servers in advance.


According to the TMPD, an entity going by the name of worldwide hacker group Anonymous designated about 90 Japanese organizations for attack and released warnings of attacks and claims of responsibility on Twitter in 2016.Threats of cyberattack are increasing. During the January-June 2016 period, “targeted attacks” using e-mail increased by 32% over the first half of 2015.


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