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Raphael Satter
For Raphael Satter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A Chinese hacking group known as Volt Typhoon has alarmed intelligence officials, who say it is part of a larger effort to compromise Western critical infrastructure.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jan 31, 2024
What is Volt Typhoon, the alleged China-backed hacking group?
Intelligence officials say the group is part of a larger effort to compromise Western critical infrastructure.
Users often do not realize that almost all app notifications travel over Google and Apple's servers, giving the two companies unique insight into the traffic flowing from those apps to their users.
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 8, 2023
Smartphone users' push notifications spied on, U.S. senator warns
Users often do not realize that almost all notifications for incoming messages, breaking news and other updates travel over Google and Apple's servers.
More than a dozen countries have announced what has been described as the first detailed international agreement on 'secure by design' AI protocol.
WORLD / Society
Nov 27, 2023
U.S., Britain and others ink deal to make AI 'secure by design'
The agreement focuses on thwarting hackers and releasing new systems only after appropriate security testing.
A graphic pro-Israel advert was displayed within mobile phone video games in Britain, France, Austria, Germany and Holland.
WORLD
Oct 31, 2023
Graphic pro-Israel ads displayed in children’s mobile phone games
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the video was a government-promoted ad but said they had "no idea" how it ended up inside games.
Google, Amazon and Cloudflare have reportedly endured the internet's largest-known denial of service attack.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Internet companies report biggest denial of service operation
Internet protection company Cloudflare said the attack was "three times larger than any previous attack we've observed."
An exterior view of MGM Grand hotel and casino, after MGM Resorts shut down some computer systems due to a cyberattack earlier this month, in Las Vegas, Nevada
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 25, 2023
'Power, influence, notoriety': The Gen-Z hackers who struck MGM and Caesars
Experts say they appear to be more sophisticated, disciplined and organized than many cybercriminal actors, and probably between 17 and 22 years old.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during an event at the State Department in Washington on July 19.
WORLD
Jul 24, 2023
Blinken says Ukraine has taken back 50% of territory that Russia seized
Ukraine has recaptured some villages in the south and territory around the ruined city of Bakhmut in the east, but has not had a major breakthrough against heavily defended Russian lines.
The hack of a U.S. IT management company shows how North Korean cyber spies are now tackling companies that can give them broader access to multiple victims downstream — a tactic known as a "supply chain attack."
WORLD
Jul 21, 2023
North Korean hackers breached U.S. IT company in bid to steal cryptocurrency
The hack shows how North Korean cyber spies are now tackling companies that can give them broader access to multiple victims downstream.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 20, 2020
'Powerful tradecraft': How foreign cyberspies compromised America
Officials and researchers believe at least half a dozen U.S. agencies have been infiltrated and thousands of firms hit with malware in what may be one of the biggest hacks ever uncovered.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation