Japan to survey 200 mil gadgets for cyber security

By Behrouz Mehri

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Geez, at least one thing good to come from the Olympics, MAYBE!

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Unplug your wired PC's at home when the survey runs.

'The survey....without breaking into individual gadgets to view data stored inside, he added.'

Yeah, right. Just sayin'.

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And what do they plan to do? Force people to change their passwords? Money would have been better spent with awareness rather than scanning.

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So if I get caught hacking, I should just say that I was scanning to help improve security?

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The survey may examine routers at cafes, for example, that provide free connectivity for mobile users, Yoshida said.

This actually sounds logical and good that they are at least checking the wifi spots because it almost seemed like they wanted to check every home owner and their router which felt like invasion of privacy.

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So a government with a history of data mismanagement is going to create, curate and store a list of vulnerable devices?

What could possibly go wrong???

Also, while Bugle Boy might be joking about giving hackers an excuse, isn't this actually true to a degree?

I don't known anything about computer security but couldn't this huge stream of hacking traffic make it easier for malicious hackers to hide their attempts? Maybe someone with some knowledge can jump in here.

There are already security experts online pointing out that if the time of the testing leaks, it could provide cover.

There is also potential for "we are the government, your password is compromised, let us help you change it" style phone call fraud.

As soon as news of the survey is all over the TV, many of the elderly people watching will not understand the details, but maybe they will absorb enough 'something is going on with computers' to be softened up for fraud attempts.

Of course, this is just speculation on my part, but when the pensions scandal went down, it led to a raft of fake e-mails and phone calls from people pretending to help the elderly 'fix their broken pensions records'. Almost every government campaign brings out opportunists in this same manner.

Well, maybe I have my tinfoil hat on and these fears are overblown.

But as gogogo points out, it does seem that much the same result could be achieved with a campaign to raise awareness, rather than actual trying to hack people. Unless they have other reasons??

Anyway, let's hope we can have a successful Olympics without cyber-chaos!

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Great post jpn_guy.

Password scams are exactly what will happen.

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Exactly... the ore ore boys are already updating their scripts...

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The researchers will survey gadgets with the consent of internet service providers and will mostly examine products that use physical cables to access the internet, he said.

But they don't have permission from the gadget owners! This is typical Japanese beaureaucracy and government working against the plebs of the nation!

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Oh man, this looks like an effort with good intentions that could actually cause the very problem it is intended to prevent!!!

As others have pointed out....

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The researchers will survey gadgets with the consent of internet service providers

How about the actual owners of that gadget? They just skip that?

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so the moral of the story is, skip those home connected devices and just open your doors, turn on your air conditioner etc manually, vacuum your house yourself. stop being a lazy bum.

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Good luck!

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Start with the 100 million fax machines in the country.

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You must also keep in mind the background: that Yoshitaka Sakurada, the deputy chief of the government’s cybersecurity strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020, doesn't use a computer.

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Will the conduct this survey by fax?

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"How about the actual owners of that gadget? They just skip that?"

Apparently, there was a law passed last year permitting the government to do this. It received very little press coverage, and most people are only now finding out about it as they are about to start the survey.

As journalist on TV Asahi the other morning said "we have some responsibility here, we need to start thinking more carefully about what we decide to cover in our broadcasts". I can't remember his exact words, but it was something along the lines of


This is quite a remarkable admission for someone live on air and props for the self-reflection.

Still, let's hope this is a storm in a teacup and nothing nefarious happens.

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By broadcasting these measures they are merely assurring hacks will occur off entire neighborhoods and companies!! Just getting local government off windows xp alone will be highly problematic. The irony is that the Japanese language itself is the security feature of these networks, the rest not so much

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They could start with a public service announcement telling people to change the default password on their IoT devices...

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2020 Japan Big Brother Olympic Games. Please submit all your your private files, data, photos, passwords and emails. OH DEAR, cancel that. the govt will just take all anyway. you are instructed to stay home in your kotatsu and watch the sumo on tv.

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I don't think this will end well.

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So while Japan's "CyberSecurity" watchdog is surveying us.... who thinks they might pass on some virus' themselves. Perfect opportunity for real hackers to piggyback on this survey.

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...Oh, forgot to ask,

Does anyone know when this raid...erm, 'survey' will start?

Or is the announcement just a courtesy for something already underway??

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Typical retroactive idea, the ball game is beyond the Japanese government they are still in the sand pit struggling to grasp fax use, I'm guessing the minister for cyber security doesn't use a computer as he might catch a virus. Thus the immediate use of a paper masks when near a computer. The programs they are going to use are undoubtedly already compromised and their best idea is to hack all users to search for what they themselves are spreading. It's modern Japan politics at its finest. Absolutely no idea apart from a condescending note from beauracracts.

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watch out for the inevitable phishing scams

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i thought nippon was supposed to be at the forefront of technology; what's this talk about faxes?

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