Japan to spend 10 billion yen on 'cybersecurity'

Featured - September 4th, 2012

The Nikkei reports that Japan’s Ministry of Defense plans to assemble a cyberdefense unit to strengthen its capabilities against organized attacks, including gathering information on cyberattacks, analyzing attacker’s methods, and simulating defenses. The ministry said that planned improvements to cyber war capabilities will necessitate more than 10 billion yen in fiscal 2013 funding.

Cyber attacks are becoming commonplace as technology across the world advances. Government websites have been the recent targets which suggests a new kind of threat to a nations’ security. Similar attacks by international hackers have put “cyberdefense” high on countries’ defense priorities. Among the several attacks, a common suspected culprit emerged: China. Most IP addresses used by international hackers were traced back to China. South Korean officials said that hackers that attacked the National Election Commission’s official website were using Chinese IP addresses. Yet, the motives behind the attacks remain unclear.