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Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said cyberattacks are a common challenge faced by all countries and warned Japan against wrongly accusing China.

“Groundless speculation should not be allowed. China is firmly opposed to any country or institution using cyberattacks to throw mud at China or to serve the despicable political purposes with cybersecurity issues," he said. "China is willing to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with all parties to jointly address cybersecurity threats.”

Good old Chinese comedians.. LOOOOOOOL !!..

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NHK public television said another Chinese national with suspected links to the PLA unit who was in Japan as an exchange student was also investigated in the case. Both men have since left the country, it said.

That's regretful. These spies were lucky to be assigned to Japan. In Russia, they would have been arrested or "navalnized" with novichok lethal poison. Without mercy.

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I wonder how many "state-sponsored cyber attacks" are just 12 year old nascent hackers learning how to penetrate poorly secured systems...and a commonality to almost all of these reports of attacks regarding the source is the phrase "It was probably..." When making SERIOUS accusations in the world, "probably" is not a strong inducement to lend credibility to the charges and, in fact, lends doubt to anyone who pays attention to this world. A little more detail here regarding 'proof' would be helpful and 'logging into a server using an alias' is hardly smoking gun, steel trap argument for indictment.

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200 companies hacked.

can we know what companies?

i would kike to know if my private data is compromised.

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It was probably USA trying to make it look like it was China and the Japanese government knows it.

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Persistent cyber attacks on companies and even utilities, rape camps for Uighurs, no apology or even acknowledgment for causing a global pandemic and over a million deaths. Remind me why we are still buying and manufacturing there?

Time to on-shore or move to new manufacturing partners like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam. Robotics are becoming much cheaper and on-shoring supply chains is forecast as a trend.

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Outrageous behaviour from the PRC. What right to they have to cyberhack these organizations and spy on Japan? No doubt they have attempted to steal and copy Japanese tech.

Time to put official boycotts on PRC.

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Time to put official boycotts on PRC

Some talk about China as if it were Iraq. China is by far Japan's No.1 trading partner and rapidly pulling still further ahead of its nearest rivals. I know the Japanese pays lip service to the US regime regarding anti-China policies but even that is starting to look like too much.

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Oooooo. China warned Japan. They just may have Xi the Pooh write a testy letter.

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On the Steven Colbert show the ex-leader of the cyber protection agency (I forget the official title) was interviewed. When asked about what the U.S. is doing to "Intruders" ( read Russia, China, North Korea and Iran) the interviewee replied, " Of course I can't go into details, but in a word, plenty."

So, we hear about the effects of cyber attacks on Western nations and Japan, but that does not mean that this situation is one sided. I wonder what has been targeted and is seen as a potential target (by the west) in China and Russia. Essential services like electricity, water, transport and communications come to mind.

There are no ground rule or Geneva Convention in this new grey war zone.

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What is @noriahojanen 7:02am

“navalnized" with novichok lethal poison.” -

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""In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said cyberattacks are a common challenge faced by all countries and warned Japan against wrongly accusing China.""

TRUE, in fact Japan, the U.S, Russia, England, France , Germany and many more are constantly spying on each others, it is part of each nation National Security System and Tactics to keep rivals in check.

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What Japanese “tech” @Fighto! 7:35pm. All the ‘past due’ vaccines? Giant Robots? Anime? Hentai porn?

“Outrageous PRC behaviour...cyberhack and spy on Japan? No doubt they have attempted to steal and copy Japanese tech.”

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First COVID from China and now CyberDancers.

"Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks"

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Paul

It was probably USA trying to make it look like it was China and the Japanese government knows it.

References please. No proof? Really?

Chinese APT- members are humans and make dumb mistakes.

Chinese hackers outed themselves by logging into their personal Facebook accounts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/02/19/chinese-hackers-outed-themselves-by-logging-into-their-personal-facebook-accounts/?itid=lk_inline_manual_19

and

New Sinocentrism: The ideology that may be driving China to hack foreign

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/02/01/new-sinocentrism-the-ideology-that-may-be-driving-china-to-hack-foreign-media/?itid=lk_inline_manual_21

and

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/02/19/fascinating-video-tracks-a-real-chinese-hacker-in-action/

China has gotten better every year, but they still make mistakes. If they have access to FB, seems they can't get enough. BTW, Facebook is blocked inside China.

Facebook caught Chinese hackers using fake personas to target Uyghurs abroad

https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/24/facebook-earth-empusa-evil-eye-china-uyghur/

See - references from reputable sources, not random claims by some anonymous internet person.

China and NK crackers are as good as Russia crackers.

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The accusation is totally believable, but Japan has become famous for being incompetent in cyber security, maybe it would be better if it left the accusations to countries where the people in charge at least know about it.

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China wants aerospace technology desperately, that’s why the ministry might’ve attempted the hackings.

One Chinese IT company became the largest shareholder of RAKUTEN.

Japan government and USA constantly investigate Rakuten accordingly, and monitor what the Chinese company has attempted.

So we have to keep an eye on many possibilities which they may attempt.

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Again I pose the question. What good comes from China?

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If you're a country or government and you're worried about a cyber attack, stop putting all our info on the internet.

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Courtesy of the CCP folks who brought you COVID-19.

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I run a small website and it’s fascinating the number of intrusion attempts in my logs. Imagine what the big companies have to contend with. The weakest link is the users, be careful of the emails you open or links you visit.

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References please. No proof? Really?

Chinese APT- members are humans and make dumb mistakes.

yeah, like the highly formidable Russian hackers who left Cyrillic comments in the code....... Seriously, that was really funny. I presume the Chinese hackers left Chinese characters in the code. The first rule of hacking is that, if all the evidence points to X, it probably wasn't X.

Almost certainly it was USA secret police.

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My gosh, why is this news now??? If it happened in 2016 and 2017, the jgov should have told us back then which websites have been hacked so that we can change our login credentials on other websites as well.

Unbelievable how backward this government is in handling crisis situation. Seriously, it's worse than African nations.

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Thanks @noriahojanen 7:02am. Went down another one of your ‘rabbit holes’ to find an answer to one of your posts, again. Ok, then the case of “Navalny Alexei”. We think you mean “Novichok’d”: poisoning by nerve agent”.

For a moment there, @Fighto 7:35am was worried “navalnizing” was more

Outrageous PRC behaviour...cyberhacks and spying on Japan, No doubt attempting to steal and copy Japanese tech.” -

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Who is blame then? @TomDoley 9:42am...

“If it happened in 2016, or 2017 ..??”

It could ‘Never’ have happened back ‘Then’. Yoshitaka Sakurada didn’t resign Japan’s Deputy Chief of Cyber-Security Strategy until 2018!

“Despite being deputy chief of the government's cyber-security strategy office, Sakurada admitted to the Diet in Nov 2018 that he had never used, and did not know how to use, a computer.

Perhaps he left with a the protective “tech” on his USB flash drive, thinking it was a cigarette lighter.

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Don’t overestimate yourself. The Chinese are behind that, no question, but they surely care only about other countries and more global relevance. Some Japanese companies or JAXA? What in the whole universe should they hope for to get and still don’t know or already have copied for themselves long time before? Almost nothing. Those little fish they probably outsource to some own affiliated hobby hacker groups or NK for upgrading and training them for a later recruitment. lol

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Courtesy of the CCP folks who brought you COVID-19.

You do know SARS-CoV-2 was detected in Europe before the Wuhan infection right?

if Kono wants to make such allegations he should provide proof. Even 17 year olds in bedrooms in England can hack. Doesn’t mean MI6 did it.

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Sadly Japan is too meek doing anything about bully china.

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if Kono wants to make such allegations he should provide proof.

In this game "providing proof" is a way of giving away your counter measure and detection techniques.

Sometimes a player leaves behind a card to say, Look what I can do. A bit like the Pink Panther's glove.

Of course. there are false flag attacks.

Almost certainly it was USA secret police.

"Almost certainly" means not certain.

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Are you talking about “the CIA” @Paul 7:22 & 9:19am or, “Team America:World Police”?

- “It was probably USA trying to make it look like it was China and the J govt knows it.” [and] “Almost certainly it was USA ‘secret police’.” -

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I'm sure China has better things to do than to hack Japan. They'd only find receipts for hostess bars,

The receipts which allow business owners to go there, spend ¥XXXXXXXX and claim it as a business expense for a tax write-off.

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Are you talking about “the CIA” @Paul 7:22 & 9:19am or, “Team America:World Police”?

Probably NSA or DHS. I wasn't aware the CIA had hackers. One secret police department is the same as the next. Who cares which it was?

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And what will Japan do about it?

I remember when the Chinese ship rammed a Japanese one in Japanese waters. What happened next? Japan was "seeking understanding" and let the captain of the ramming/trespassing ship go without charges.

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The whole allows China get away with anything they want. Spying, pollution, land grabs, genocide, and even manufacturing covid-19. What price have they had to pay for ANY of these horrendous acts? 0 Yuan.

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Payback for the Biden/Suga announcement. They don't waste their time do they! Japan now in the awkward situation of having to back up its own rhotoric.

The dreaded A word. Action.

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I’m sure they would like to believe that, but without evidence it is nothing more than slanderous drivel.

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Seems the Chinese engineer rented several servers in Japan under different false names and gave the account details to the hacker group in China, then left the country

The Chinese hacker group then used those servers to launch the attacks

If China wants to show it has nothing to do with this, then they should make both the engineer and the exchange student available for questioning

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Of course the Japanese are not doing the same thing in China..... Also the US would never hack and spy on China ? Never..... LOL

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@Paul

*It was probably USA trying to make it look like it was China and the Japanese government knows it.* Paul must be a low level mole for the chinese army his first assignment was and still is providing disinformation he even infiltrated JapanToday with conspiracy posts!

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Interestingly enough, this article appears just one day after The Times, quoting a CPNI source, said that 10K folks in Britain have been targeted on LinkedIn by recruiters for both Chinese and Russian intelligence services; specifically warning people with "access to classified or sensitive information" are being targeted. "Malicious profiles on professional networking sites are being utilised on an industrial scale." [MI5 warns of spies ‘using fake social media profiles to target UK officials’, The Times, Tuesday April 20 2021, 1.02am BST].

Hard to spin this one.

My IT director for a medium large entity told me several years ago that our servers had just on that day (!) around 20,000 login attempts from overseas (threads and stringing showed largely who was trying and where from ), and it wasn't even noon yet.

On the other hand, if one has higher sensitive access to any information that someone else wants, and you are on social media or job posting sites, you must not have been fully awake during electronic security training.

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Again I pose the question. What good comes from China?

They have many "fine people." Plus a rich culture and tasty food.

Paul must be a low level mole for the chinese army his first assignment was and still is providing disinformation he even infiltrated JapanToday with conspiracy posts!

The 五毛 are doing a fantastic job! Make bogus claims, which seem slightly reasonable. Never back the claims up with references. Make more claims and deny, deny, deny.

My IT director for a medium large entity told me several years ago that our servers had just on that day (!) around 20,000 login attempts from overseas (threads and stringing showed largely who was trying and where from ), and it wasn't even noon yet.

That isn't unusual for a single system on the internet. For a company, that would be small if they used the internet for business.

A few months ago, we started forcing TLS v1.3-only connections to web servers. I understand v1.3 is blocked in China (they haven't cracked v1.3 TLS encryption). The number of crack attempts dropped about 1000x. https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ is interesting.

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China has what? 1.2 billion potential hackers. Can't somebody just pull the plug on their Internet and shut down that entire mess?

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The Japanese must hedge and say it is "likely" rather than it is "definite", because once you start admitting you have been definitely attacked, the citizens expect you to do something like reciprocally attack.

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