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#1 Hum

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 16:13

TOKYO — Japan will launch a 140-strong nationwide police task force this week to fight cyber attacks, including those from abroad.

The cyber police, including specialists recruited from private companies and skilled in such languages as English, Chinese, Korean and Russian, will be deployed in Tokyo, Osaka and other key locations, the National Police Agency said in a statement.

They aim to step up work to protect Japanese government organizations, defense contractors and companies that operate infrastructure such as power plants and gas storage facilities, according to Japanese media.

The statement said the foreign language experts would “gather information on cyber attacks from abroad.”

Cyberattacks have so far been dealt with by provincial police departments with the help of specialists.

Japan came under cross-border cyberattack in September last year when the government nationalised some of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

At least 19 Japanese websites, including those of a government ministry, courts and a hospital, were hit, apparently from China, the agency said at the time.

A report by a U.S. firm earlier this year said the Chinese state was pouring cash into cyberattacks and claimed the People’s Liberation Army was linked to a long-running cyber espionage campaign.

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#2 Growled

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:41

I suspect we will all see more and more of this in the future. Cyber atacks are probably the terrorist attacks of the future.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:45

Cyber-Crime...
Cyber-Police...

Do these things only sound really cheesy to me?

#4 Torolol

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:33

why its "cyber" and not 'digital' ?

#5 Anibal P

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 23:40

why its "cyber" and not 'digital' ?


Because the first "cyber" scandal the press came up with was cyber-sex, and it wasn't as catchy as digital-sex, so cyber was the default go to for all fabricated and real digital or internet related reports