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Takaichi calls for integrated approach to cybersecurity and economic security

Minister in charge of Economic Security Takaichi Sanae has responded in writing to the Nikkei Shimbun’s questions regarding Japan’s fragile monitoring systems for social infrastructure. She made it clear that the government will “step up its efforts to establish an integrated approach that incudes both cybersecurity and economic security policies.”   She acknowledged that “cybersecurity measures for critical infrastructure provide….Read more

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Exclusive: Japan police probing dozen cases of cyberattacks

Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)–The special cybercrime investigation unit of Japan’s National Police Agency has been probing more than a dozen cases of serious cyberattacks since its launch six months ago, Jiji Press has learned.     The special unit, created April 1 along with the NPA’s Cyber Affairs Bureau tasked to handle cybercrimes, is also taking part in international joint investigations into cyberattacks, informed sources said.….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:04 p.m.
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Pro-Russia hacker group stops cyberattacks on Japan due to money woes

TOKYO — A pro-Russia hacker group that commenced cyberattacks on Japan in early September has stopped the operation due to financial difficulties, the group said Friday.   Killnet claimed responsibility for attacking the websites of Japanese ministries, Tokyo Metro Co., Osaka Metro Co. and other Japanese companies, making them temporarily inaccessible.   “We cannot attack unless we find new sponsors.….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 1:11 p.m.
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Japan gov’t agency faces unauthorized server access

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)–A mail relay server used by Japan’s Digital Agency has been hit by unauthorized access from overseas, the agency said.     The fraudulent access to the server for the agency’s “gBizID” common authentication service for businesses led to some 13,000 unsolicited emails using the “gbiz-id.go.jp” domain name of the service being sent, the agency said.    ….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 4:18 p.m.
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GOJ to call for tightened cybersecurity standards for defense contractors

Nikkei wrote that the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) will tighten cybersecurity standards for defense contractors starting in fiscal 2023 by requesting them not only to implement measures to prevent cyberattacks but also to acquire the ability to respond effectively to cyberattacks. The paper speculated that the move is aimed at preventing the leakage of sensitive information from defense….Read more

  • September 21, 2022
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Ransomware damage reports surge in Japan in Jan.-June

Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)–The number of ransomware damage reports made to Japanese police in January-June shot up 1.8-fold from a year before to 114, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.   The reports on ransomware attacks, in which hackers encrypt data in victims’ computers and demand ransom for restoring the data, were made in 30 of the country’s 47….Read more

  • September 15, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 12:00 p.m.
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Editorial: Make serious effort to overcome weaknesses in domestic systems

In response to the heightening tensions over international developments, the threat of cyber-attacks is also growing in Japan. The government must increasingly be on the alert and make a serious effort to tackle the situation, or there could be a serious impact on people’s way of life.   The government’s e-Gov online system and some company websites were among those….Read more

  • September 19, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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Editorial: Align national security strategies to deepen bilateral alliance

This is the first defense-related crisis of this magnitude that Japan has faced since the end of World War II. In light of the growing threats, it is significant that the Japanese and U.S. defense ministers have confirmed their cooperation in a wide range of areas.   Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the….Read more

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Active cyber defense framework could one day protect Japan

Japan’s cyber defense is said to be vulnerable, so the government is exploring the introduction of an active cyber defense framework, according to sources.   ACD constantly patrols and monitors cyberspace to identify and respond quickly to suspicious communications and behaviors that could pose security threats. The United States and the United Kingdom are among the nations that have adopted….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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GOJ mulls adopting “active cyber defense” posture

Yomiuri gave top play to a report that according to multiple GOJ sources, the GOJ is considering adopting an “active cyber defense” posture to detect signs and identify sources of cyberattacks as part of measures to strengthen defense against cyberattacks targeting key infrastructures. The paper said the GOJ is making arrangements to incorporate the policy into the country’s National Security….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
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