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Japan mulling financial aid for data centers

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering giving financial aid to companies that build new data centers that fulfill requirements for withstanding large-scale disasters, officials said Tuesday.     A panel of experts set up by the industry and communications ministries will compile details by the end of the year.     High-performance data centers are considered vital to digitalize….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:24 p.m.
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U.S.-led coalition share concerns about ransomware attacks  

Saturday’s Mainichi and Sankei highlighted the conclusion on Friday of a two-day international conference on cybersecurity organized remotely by the Biden administration, saying that the participants in the Facilitated Counter Ransomware Initiative agreed that ransomware attacks constitute a “threat to global security.” Representatives from 30 nations and a region, including Japan, the EU, Australia, and Israel, confirmed mutual cooperation for….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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U.S. convenes international meeting on cybersecurity

Nikkei front-paged the start on Wednesday of a two-day virtual international ministerial meeting on cybersecurity sponsored by the United States, saying that participants from 30 countries and regions, including Japan, the EU, the UK, Australia, India, and Brazil, discussed primarily measures against ransomware attacks. The Biden administration reportedly chose not to invite Russia and China, which it has concluded engage….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Over 400 million cyberattacks were attempted during Tokyo Games

TOKYO – The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics saw around 450 million cyberattacks when they were held this summer, but disruptions to the games were avoided as the attempts were blocked each time, organizers said Tuesday.   Despite concerns the global sporting event would be an easy target for hackers, the scale of the attacks during the Tokyo Games was less….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 8:27 p.m.
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Police drop charges against Chinese national involved in JAXA cyberattack

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police dropped charges on Oct. 1 against a Chinese man in his 30s who was charged with illegally generating and providing private electromagnetic records in a cyberattack case against Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The police had sent papers to prosecutors on the case. No reason was given for the charges being dropped, and the man has….Read more

  • October 2, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 31
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Editorial: Raise awareness of cyber-attacks on hospitals, other vital facilities

The number of cyber-attacks on medical institutions is increasing in Japan and around the world. There have been cases in which surgeries and other operations had to be canceled because images and data could not be used. This is a serious situation that cannot be left unattended.   The damage to medical institutions in Japan began to surface around 2018.….Read more

  • October 3, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:30 p.m.
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Opinion: NPA moves to address cyber threats through public attribution

By Tsuchiya Motohiro, professor at Keio University and guest editorial writer   In April 2021, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police identified a man belonging to the Chinese Communist Party as the perpetrator of cyberattacks on domestic companies and research institutions including Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).   Identifying the culprit by name is called “attribution,” and publicizing the culprit’s identity is….Read more

  • September 29, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 7
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GOJ names China, Russia, DPRK as cybersecurity threats

All national papers wrote that the GOJ has drawn up a new three-year cybersecurity strategy in which it names China, Russia, and North Korea as countries that have engaged in state-organized cyberattacks. The document calls for greater coordination with the United States, Australia, India, and ASEAN to ensure safety and security in cyberspace by employing every possible tool and capability,….Read more

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Japanese hospitals increasingly at risk of cyberattacks

Hospitals in Japan have been the target of cyber-attacks. The attacks have kept them from accessing patients’ medical charts or forced them to stop providing medical treatment. The rapid promotion of networking in hospitals has heightened their vulnerability, and delays in responding to the attacks are also seen as worsening the damage.

  • September 26, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:31 p.m.
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75% of hospitals have no cybersecurity measures in place: survey

The networking of medical equipment and systems has been rapidly promoted in and outside of hospitals in recent years. But it is causing some to worry that hospital workers are not duly concerned about potential cybercrime.   A survey of medical institutions conducted by the Japan Medical Association Research Institute (JMARI) from January through February this year found that nearly….Read more

  • September 24, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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