Feb 5, 2016

Student admits stealing online shopping account details: police

Police referred a 16-year-old high school student to prosecutors on Friday on suspicion of using software on other people’s computers to obtain the online account details of several hundred people, including records of their online shopping. The male student from Tokyo’s Ota Ward is ...

Nov 5, 2015

Police sting nets Sapporo teen who sold online banking virus

The Metropolitan Police Department’s division in charge of cybercrimes has arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly possessing a computer virus used for fraudulent remittances, it was learned Wednesday. The second-year student at a junior high school in Sapporo has admitted the charge, officers said. ...

Jun 17, 2015

Fukushima radioactive waste storage operator's intranet infected by virus

The internal computer network of the state-run Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corp., which manages temporary storage sites for decontaminated waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, has been infected by a computer virus, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday. The operator also known as JESCO, ...

'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


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


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 ...