Japan to forge ties with ethical hackers

Japan to forge ties with ethical hackers

Summary: Japanese police hope that promoting ties with White Hats will help them better combat cyberattacks in the country, and is also considering commissioning analyses of cybercrime to private sector.

TOPICS: Security, Japan

Japan's National Police Agency will promote communications with ethical hackers to better deal with cybercrime and cyberattacks.

The police hope that this will help it collect more information on such crimes, including the release of viruses designed to remotely control computers, The Japan Times reported on Thursday.

This is the agency's first organized effort to promote relations with ethical hackers, though some police investigators have formed connections of their own, according to the report.

The agency will also consider personnel exchanges with companies and universities in the information and communications field, and commissioning analyses of cybercrime and cyberattacks to the private sector. It will also ask companies to take steps to prevent personal information leaking from smartphones through apps.

This is Japan's latest effort in combating cybercrime. The country, along with 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), have been planning a cyberdefense network to better facilitate communication and data sharing. Its defense ministry also announced plans to create a defense force to fight cyberattacks, gather information on computer viruses for analysis, and study methods of counterattack.

The increased focus on online defense is because Japan is no stranger to cyberattacks. Earlier this month, computers at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery were suspected to have been remotely controlled by an overseas server, which helped steal information related to diplomatic policies. The police also arrested five people for being involved in creating and embedding a virus in smartphone applications last October, which resulted in 10 million pieces of personal information stolen from users.

Topics: Security, Japan

Ellyne Phneah

About Ellyne Phneah

Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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  • Japan to forge ties with ethical hackers

    the movie "Catch Me If You Can" chronicled the exploits of the designer of modern day cheques. the movie did show that the best way to utilize the talent of misguided young people whose excessive energy got channeled into wrong pursuit, was to give them another chance and by guiding them to channel those energy for the good of the society. had the government just left him to rot in the slammer, his raw talent could have gone to waste. the same is true with present day hackers. their raw talent is mind boggling and if channeled properly will immensely benefit the society they live in.
  • Nice in theory, but...

    ...how do you tell which hackers are ethical?
    John L. Ries