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Commentary: Why cyber defense in Japan is so unreliable

BY JUN MURAI, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   For the past two years, people have struggled with the coronavirus pandemic, and part of that has entailed experiencing the benefits and challenges of cyberspace.   In terms of challenges, we have experienced a great number of new incidents caused by the abuse and misuse of cyberspace. For one, ransomware attacks created by combining….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

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2 Tokyo hospitals alerted of possible cyber-attacks

The Tokyo metropolitan government conveyed an urgent warning in early December to two major hospitals after learning that an international hacker group was preparing to target them.   No damage has been confirmed at present. Many cyber-attacks on hospitals go after small and midsize facilities in regional areas, but this has shown that large hospitals in the capital are also….Read more

  • December 30, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:40 p.m.
  • English Press

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11 hospitals in Japan hit by ransomware attacks since 2016

In a time when critical infrastructure has been exposed to cyber-attacks around the world, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned of 11 hospitals in Japan that have been hit by ransomware attacks since 2016. The actual number of victimized hospitals may be higher.   The attacks have caused such damage as forcing hospitals to stop accepting patients arriving by ambulance, cancel….Read more

  • December 29, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 6:13 p.m.
  • English Press

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Japan, U.S. to collaborate on countermeasures against ransomware

Japan and the United States are preparing to closely cooperate on defensive measures against ransomware, designating such cyber-attacks as a threat to national security, according to Japanese government officials. Tokyo and Washington are expected to agree on cooperative measures in the cybersecurity field at the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee, also known as 2-plus-2 security talks, involving each country’s foreign and….Read more

  • December 26, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:43 p.m.
  • English Press

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Defense info possibly leaked in cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–Some 20,000 pieces of information related to Japan’s defense may have been leaked in the January 2020 large-scale cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp. <6503>, the Defense Ministry said Friday.     They included 59 pieces with potential to affect the country’s national security, according to the ministry.     The ministry said it will demand the company tighten information management and will review its information….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:16 p.m.
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U.S., Japan to enhance coordination to head off ransomware attacks 

Sunday’s Yomiuri front-paged the disclosure by several GOJ sources that the U.S. and Japanese governments have decided to take coordinated steps to counter ransomware attacks from China and Russia based on the belief that such online incidents constitute a national security threat. The two sides are reportedly set to confirm during the upcoming virtual 2+2 foreign and defense ministerial meeting in early….Read more

  • December 26, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
  • JMH Summary

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National Police Agency to strengthen cooperation in international cybercrime investigations

As early as FY2022, the National Police Agency (NPA) will send liaison officers specializing in cybercrime to European investigative authorities for the first time. With the launch of its “cybersecurity bureau” in April 2022, the NPA will create an environment conducive to participating in joint international investigations of cybercrime. Europe and the U.S. cooperate to expose cyber criminals. The NPA’s….Read more

  • December 18, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 34
  • JMH Translation

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GOJ keen to shore up viability of supply chains in defense industry

Today’s Sankei front-paged the disclosure by multiple GOJ sources that when drafting a bill on enhancing the economic security of the defense industry, the Kishida administration is considering incorporating a provision allowing the Defense Ministry to instruct domestic contractors to tap different procurement agents if the delivery of components that they plan to purchase from overseas poses risks. The GOJ….Read more

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Companies in critical sectors to be required to strengthen cyberdefense capabilities

Monday’s Nikkei gave top play to a GOJ plan to update the existing “action plans” designed to protect the nation’s key infrastructure, saying that corporations in the 14 designated industrial sectors, including some 1,700 financial institutions and 1,300 telecommunications service providers, will be required to take measures to defend their computer networks from cyberattacks. They will also have to identify….Read more

  • December 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei
  • JMH Summary

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Japan to expand scope of overseas cybersecurity support 

All national dailies other than Sankei reported that the GOJ decided yesterday to expand the geographical scope of its technical and personnel support for strengthening cybersecurity abroad, saying that in addition to the ASEAN members, countries in the Indo-Pacific region such as India and African nations will be given various types of assistance so the local governments can defend their own infrastructure against cyberattacks. Tokyo is reportedly aiming to extend support for capacity….Read more

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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