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A Defensive Malware On The Cyber To-Do List of Japanese Government

Japanese government likes to stay ahead of disasters, be it natural or for that matter, cyber-crime related.

In the same spirit Japan’s Defense Ministry has decided to create and maintain cyber-weapons in the form of “Malware”.

The malware is all set to contain viruses and backdoors and would be the first ever cyber-weapon of Japan’s.

According to sources, it will be fabricated not by government employees but professional contractors tentatively by the end of this fiscal year.

The capabilities and the purpose or the way of usage hasn’t been out in the open yet.

Reports have it that the malware is just a precautionary measure against the attacker if in case the Japanese institutions are ever under attack.

As it turns out the malware is one of the endeavors of the Japanese government towards modernizing and countering China’s growing military threat.

The country also plans on widely expanding its reach into cyber battlefield (which is now an actual battle field) tactics.

Many major countries ambiguously have been using cyber weapons and now Japan’s next on the list.

The country’s government believes, being cyber ready and holding a major cyber-weapon in hand would keep countries that wish to attack at bay.

But as it turns out, this tactic hasn’t fared well with other countries as much as they’d like to believe.

This happens to be the second attempt at creating a cyber-weapon stash after 2012 which didn’t bear results like it should’ve.

Earlier this year the Japanese government passed a legislation allowing the National Institute of Information Communications Technology to hack into the citizens’ IoT devices using default or weak credentials during a survey of insecure Iot devices.

All this was planned to secure the Iot devices before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to avoid Olympic Destroyer and attacks like VPNFilter.

So it turns out, that these efforts at strengthening the cyber game of Japan’s originate from the chief of Japan’s Cyber-security department who happens to not even OWN or USE a computer.

Digital Grenades Implanted In Industrial Networks

Industrial digital sabotage is an on-going yet an unyielding growing concern to the United States, particularly after the US spearheaded the utilization of cyber weapons when it shattered Iran's nuclear centrifuges in 2010.

The weapon, as per the experts is known to turn off power grids, derail trains, cause offshore oil rigs to list,  transform petrochemical plants into bombs and close down factories.

The federal authorities have, twice in two months, issued open alerts, better known as public warnings that remote hackers are seeking for different ways to penetrate the U.S. electric grid and different parts of the national critical foundation. With the sole intent of embedding digital grenades that are lethargic until the point that the hacker's sponsor considers it to.

 Md., author and CEO Robert M. Lee of Dragos, a modern cyber security firm in Hanover with his researchers chart the exercises of remote hacking groups plotting industrial damage. They say hackers are growing new, more complex, cyber weapons at an animating pace, and are becoming bolder simultaneously.

"My Intel team is tracking eight different teams that are targeting infrastructure around the world, what we're seeing almost exclusively maps to nation states and intelligence teams,..” says Lee, 30, who put in five years working at the National Security Agency and the Pentagon's Cyber Command before forming his own organization three years prior.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in his yearly evaluation to Congress in February said that Russia, China, Iran and North Korea represent the greatest cyber danger to the United States. Paul N. Stockton, a former assistant secretary of defence for homeland security who is currently managing chief of Sonecon LLC, an economic and security advisory firm in Washington says that,

"Adversaries want to hold our infrastructure at risk. They are seeking to establish persistent, sustained presence in infrastructure networks. They are preparing the battlefield today so that if needed they can attack in the future,"

U.S. what's more, Israeli cyber warriors pioneered the trail on the industrial cyber damage when they utilized the Stuxnet digital worm to cause axes at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility to spin out of control and thus break, perpetrating a noteworthy mishap on Iran's endeavors to enhance uranium to control nuclear weapons and reactors.

Lee says that Dragos has identified signs that the hacking group is working far outside of the Middle East, their underlying target, and have focused on various types of safety systems.

Indeed, even last October, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an alert that foreign hackers had focused on "vitality, water, avionics, atomic, and critical manufacturing divisions." Private cyber security organizations, like the FireEye, a Milpitas, Calif., cyber security company that additionally explored the Triconex attack, pointed the finger at North Korea for the probing.

Presently while a limited local outage could caution citizens, Lee is unmistakably worried about the hitting gas pipelines, petrochemical plants, transportation systems and high-end manufacturing plants also including pharmaceutical organizations.

With respect to the United States' part, the Pentagon's Cyber Command has hostile digital weapons equipped for wreaking annihilation on an adversary country, U.S. authorities say yet it hasn't offered a show of its quality since hitting Iran in 2010. Furthermore, advisors like Stockton say U.S. ventures must plan versatility despite cyber-attack, giving remote countries a chance to soak in stress over what comes next.