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Japan puts new spin on nation-state hacking, targets itself for safety boost

Japan has taken a pretty unorthodox step, and decided to target its own citizens with IoT cyberattacks, ostensibly to wake the population up to the threat posed by their own devices. The National Institute of ICT (NICT) is drawing a lot of flak, unsurprisingly, but does a government have any effective alternative given the state of affairs? The answer is, in our view, no – definitely in the short-term at least. Over time, the chipsets and the stacks controlling them might end up with the capability to self-regulate, but in this age of shoddy passwords, hard-coded credentials, and woefully insecure web applications, the NICT’s most effective recourse might just be attacking the citizenry. The NICT thinks there are 200mn such…

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