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Japan mulls steps to counter surge in cyber attacks on government sites

Published on Jul 10, 2014 11:57 PM
 
A cyber warfare expert works on his laptop during a portrait session in Charlotte, North Carolina in this 2011 file photograph. Japan has seen a surge in cases of irregular access to government computer systems and cyberattacks on operators of critical social infrastructure, and Tokyo is considering ways to respond. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan has seen a surge in cases of irregular access to government computer systems and cyberattacks on operators of critical social infrastructure, and Tokyo is considering ways to respond, a top official said on Thursday.

Japan is striving to harness information technology to help revive the economy as well as looking to bolster cyber security in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In the fiscal year to March 31 there were 5.08 million cases of irregular access to central government information systems, including outright cyberattacks, up from 1.08 million cases the previous year, Japan's first white paper on cyber security showed on Thursday.

The number of cyber attacks on power firms, railroad operators, financial institutions and other social infrastructure operators came to 133 cases in the year, compared with 76 cases a year earlier.

 
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