'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

May 5, 2015

'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

Following a surge in the United States, contamination of personal computers with “ransomware,” a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing files and demands payment for restoration, is spreading in Japan. Experts warn PC users that even paying the ransom doesn’t necessary ...

Feb 4, 2015

Malware targets users seeking info on Islamic State group

by Mami Maruko

Sophisticated computer malware has been infecting computers when users visit certain blogs that discuss the Islamic State militant group. The Tokyo-based Cyber Defense Institute said Wednesday that several Arabic-language blogs offering apparently independent analysis of issues around the Islamic State contain hidden code which ...

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

| Apr 7, 2014

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan has embarked on an effort to improve cybersecurity as an ever-increasing number of sophisticated computer viruses threaten to endanger national security. On March 26, the Self-Defense Forces activated a cyberspace defense unit, the “saiba boeitai,” tasked with monitoring and responding to attacks on ...