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Hacker group “Robin Hood” behind cyberattack against Toyota supplier

All 14 Toyota Motor plants nationwide suspended operations on March 1 following a cyberattack against one of the company’s parts suppliers. The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned that the hacker group known as “Robin Hood” was involved in the attack.   The “ransomware” virus used by the hacker group was one that had never been detected in Japan before. Since it….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japanese citizens join Ukraine’s IT army, launch cyberattacks on Russia

In late April, “IT Army of 5ch” tweeted the following message and included the URL of the Russian government’s website. “We want to attack this site and need your help to make the server crash. Please join us.”  On Feb. 26, two days after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian government called for volunteers worldwide to join its….Read more

  • June 5, 2022
  • , Asahi , pp. 3 and 28
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

General insurance companies, police signing agreements to detect cybercrimes

More and more insurance companies that compensate the victims of illegal computer access and other cybercrimes are signing cooperation agreements with the police. The cooperation is intended to encourage general insurance companies that have received reports of damage from companies to have the companies also report the damage to the police. The reason is that companies that have fallen victim….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Japan small firms urged to take cybersecurity measures

Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government white paper Tuesday underlined the importance of cybersecurity, especially urging small companies to take measures against ransomware attacks.   More than half of ransomware damage reports in 2021 were from small companies, according to the annual paper on the manufacturing industry. But 30 pct of small businesses said that they are not taking….Read more

  • May 31, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:47 a.m.
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Defense minister Kishi’s visit to U.S. Cyber Command confirms need for response to hybrid warfare

By Shigeta Shunsuke   Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo visited the U.S. Cyber Command headquarters in Maryland on May 5. Kishi confirmed the response to “hybrid warfare” that combines land, sea, and air capabilities with cyber attacks and information manipulation. The visit will lead to the Self-Defense Forces’ development of human resources as well as infrastructure and legal systems.   This….Read more

  • May 7, 2022
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Over 50% in Japan feel public safety worsened in last 10 yrs, Cabinet Office survey

TOKYO — More than 50 percent of respondents to a government survey said they feel public safety in Japan has worsened over the past 10 years, with many raising concerns about online fraud and cybercrimes, according to the results released in March.   While 85.1 percent of respondents said they felt Japan was a safe and peaceful place to live,….Read more

  • April 24, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:56 a.m.
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

NPA’s cyber unit chief determined to ensure cyberspace security

On April 14, Sato Yoshitaka, 43, the head of the cybercrime investigation unit established at the National Police Agency (NPA) on April 1, spoke to the Yomiuri Shimbun and other media outlets. He said, “Through cooperation with foreign investigative organizations we will ensure security in cyberspace by responding to cases suspected of involving nations and organized crime groups.”   He….Read more

  • April 15, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 24
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

MOD mulling supporting private sector in cyberdefense measures

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is considering providing support to protect critical infrastructure operators in Japan from cyberattacks from other countries, the Sankei learned from sources on April 12. The MOD will strengthen the cyber defense of social infrastructure, including infrastructure operators, by conducting joint exercises in concert with other government ministries and agencies. The MOD has already informed the….Read more

  • April 13, 2022
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

99% of cases of suspicious computer access originated overseas in 2021: NPA

A new threat is brewing in cyberspace. The National Police Agency (NPA) detected a record number of cases of suspicious access in 2021 and 99.5% of them originated overseas. There are more and more cases of damage resulting from Illegal access and ransomware attacks targeting corporate information, and Japan must hasten to improve measures against cyberattacks originating in Japan and….Read more

  • April 8, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 41
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Pro-Russian disinformation being spread via Japan-based social media accounts 

Saturday’s Sankei reported that a Sendai-based internet security firm found that multiple social media accounts set up in Japan are suspected of being used to spread pro-Russian disinformation in the country as information warfare intensifies across the globe. The paper that said at least 20 such accounts were confirmed in Japan, all of which had more than 10,000 followers. The daily….Read more

  • April 9, 2022
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