Japan emphasises Olympics cybersecurity, condemns ‘malicious’ hacks

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Japan said on Tuesday it would focus on cybersecurity around the Tokyo Olympics and condemned “malicious cyber attacks” after Britain and the United States called on Russian military intelligence for attempting to disrupt next year’s Games.

Organizers of the Olympics have not reported any significant impact on their operations for the Games, which were originally scheduled for this year but postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they called a series of malicious cyber attacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence services, including attempts to disrupt the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato declined to give details, but said Japan would do everything possible to protect the Games from possible hacking attempts. “We cannot turn a blind eye to the malicious cyber attacks that threaten democracy,” Kato said at a press conference, adding that Japan is collecting and analyzing information and is in close contact with Britain and the United States. United States.

“The Olympics are a major international event that attracts attention, and cybersecurity measures are extremely important.” British officials said Monday that hackers from the Russian military intelligence agency GRU also carried out “cyber-reconnaissance” operations against the Tokyo Games organizers.

They declined to give specific details on the latest attacks or say whether they were successful, but said they targeted Games organizers, logistics service providers and sponsors. The organizing committee said in a statement that it has already made extensive cybersecurity preparations and that there has been little disruption to its platforms.

“Although we have constantly monitored various types of cyber attacks on the digital platforms belonging to Tokyo 2020, no significant impact has been observed in our operations,” said spokesperson Masa Takaya. A representative of Games sponsors, Toyota Motor Corp, declined to comment.

A slew of hacking attempts have been carried out against international sports organizations which Western officials and cybersecurity experts say have been orchestrated by Russia since its doping scandal erupted five years ago. Moscow has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Russia was banned from the world’s biggest sporting events for four years in December due to widespread doping offenses, including the Tokyo Games. A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said cybersecurity was one of their priorities.

“The IOC and the Olympic Games Organizing Committees have identified cybersecurity as a priority area and are investing heavily to provide the Olympics with the best possible cybersecurity environment,” the spokesperson told Reuters in an email. “Given the nature of the subject, we are not disclosing these measurements.”

News Highlights:

  • “We cannot turn a blind eye to the malicious cyber attacks that threaten democracy,” Kato said at a press conference, adding that Japan is collecting and analyzing information and is in close contact with Britain and the United States. United States. “The Olympics are a major international event that attracts attention, and cybersecurity measures are extremely important.” British officials said Monday that hackers from the Russian military intelligence agency GRU also carried out “cyber-reconnaissance” operations against the Tokyo Games organizers. They declined to give specific details on the latest attacks or say whether they were successful, but said they targeted Games organizers, logistics service providers and sponsors.
  • Japan emphasizes cybersecurity at Olympics, condemns ‘malicious’ hacks
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