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Japanese government to hack into citizens’ IoT devices as part of ’survey’
Japan has announced plans to deploy intentional cyber-attacks against its own citizens, citing fears that foreign hackers might try to hack the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The initiative has the backing of law after the government passed an amendment on Friday last week. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the “survey” will be carried out by employees of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan’s primary national research institute for information and communications. The aim of this exercise, as reported by ZDNet, is to compile a list of insecure smart devices that use default or weak passwords, then pass that list on to authorities and service providers to flag them and alert customers. The authorities would theoretically warn users of the vulnerable nature of their IoT gadgets and provide steps to secure them.
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