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Cyberwar Strikes Japan: Attacks on the Rise

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ByEsme Greene

Jul 20, 2023
Cyberwar Strikes Japan: Attacks on the Rise
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According to a report by Rapid7, Japan is facing cyberattacks from various threat actors with espionage and financial motives. China, North Korea, and Vietnam are among the countries identified as sources of state-sponsored threats targeting Japan.

The report highlights that Japan’s manufacturing industry has experienced a significant number of extortion cases involving specialized software. In contrast, the healthcare sector has faced fewer attacks.

Japanese manufacturing organizations are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks due to their global supplier connections and real-time production processes, making their operational processes highly susceptible, explains Paul Prudhomme, Head of Threat Advisory at Rapid7.

Global Presence Vulnerabilities: Japanese Companies Targeted

The report also reveals that Japanese companies with a global presence, especially in manufacturing, automotive, and technology sectors, are often compromised through vulnerabilities in their overseas subsidiaries or affiliates.

China-linked groups, such as Earth Tengshe (Bronze Riverside), have targeted Japanese companies across various industries, aiming to gain access to parent companies in Japan. Vietnam’s APT32 (OceanLotus) has also shown interest in Japanese automotive competitors.

Japan has been criticized for its cybersecurity performance, ranking low in cybersecurity readiness and lacking counterattack capabilities. The country has recognized the need to strengthen its cyber capabilities and collaborate with other nations to address emerging cyber threats, as stated in its revised National Security Strategy.

Despite being the world’s third-largest economy, Japan often receives less attention in English-language cyberintelligence literature.

The report emphasizes the importance of improving Japan’s cybersecurity posture in both public and private sectors, including enhancing tracking capabilities for malicious intrusions and establishing legal mechanisms for counterattacks.

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