Japanese Military May Guard Nuclear Sites From Cyber-Threats

Global Security Newswire Staff
May 13, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

In­siders say Ja­pan is de­vis­ing pro­ced­ures for its armed forces to pro­tect do­mest­ic atom­ic fa­cil­it­ies from com­puter-based strikes, the Maini­chi Daily News re­ports.

The Ja­pan­ese gov­ern­ment is still de­cid­ing if it will per­mit its Self De­fense Forces to use mal­ware in a po­ten­tial re­tali­ation against com­puters at­tack­ing a nuc­le­ar en­ergy site or oth­er sens­it­ive loc­a­tion, the news­pa­per re­por­ted late last week. The is­land na­tion’s atom­ic en­ergy fa­cil­it­ies have been largely in sus­pen­sion since 2011, when an earth­quake and tsunami led to melt­downs in sev­er­al re­act­ors at the Fukushi­ma Daii­chi nuc­le­ar plant.

Pro­tect­ing Ja­pan’s com­mand-and-con­trol sys­tems from pos­sible elec­tron­ic as­saults is the ob­ject­ive of a spe­cial task force es­tab­lished by the coun­try’s de­fense min­istry in March, the Maini­chi re­por­ted. The group of about 90 people only wields au­thor­iz­a­tion to guard equip­ment link­ing the Ja­pan­ese min­istry to do­mest­ic mil­it­ary in­stall­a­tions.

On Monday, Ja­pan and Is­rael agreed to ini­ti­ate a cy­ber-de­fense dia­logue between their re­spect­ive na­tion­al se­cur­ity agen­cies, Ja­pan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said in com­ments re­por­ted by Bloomberg.

Abe and his Is­raeli coun­ter­part Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu is­sued a joint state­ment af­firm­ing “the ne­ces­sity of co­oper­a­tion in the field of cy­ber­se­cur­ity and … af­firmed the im­port­ance of bi­lat­er­al de­fense co­oper­a­tion,” the Times of Is­rael re­por­ted.

The po­s­i­tion was in line with the stance of a Ja­pan­ese mil­it­ary del­eg­a­tion that traveled to Is­rael, ac­cord­ing to the re­leased com­ments.

What We're Following See More »
BAD NEWS FOR CLINTON
Trump and Clinton Equally Disliked
6 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

According to the most recent Gallup poll, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are equally disliked. The poll, conducted between July 18 and July 25, shows both major party candidates for president are viewed favorably by 37 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 58 percent of respondents. This poll is bad news for Clinton, who has received better favorable and unfavorable ratings in nearly every poll over the last year.

Source:
VP PICK TAKES DIFFERENT TONE THAN TRUMP
Pence: “Serious Consequences” if Russia Hacked DNC
48 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

The same day that Donald Trump encouraged Russia to hack the State Department and "find the 30,000 emails that are missing," the GOP nominee for vice president took a more serious approach. "If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences," Pence said in a statement. Trump's comments at a press conference this morning were rebuked by individuals across the political spectrum, while some on Trump's team, including prominent surrogate Newt Gingrich, have called his comments a "joke."

Source:
ECONOMY STABILIZING
Fed Leaves Rates Alone, but Signals Hikes to Come
2 hours ago
THE DETAILS

The Federal Open Market Committee today voted to leave interest rates alone, but "upgraded its assessment of the economy’s recent performance and said near-term risks to the outlook have diminished, effectively leaving the door open to raise rates later this year, possibly as early as September."

Source:
CHARM OFFENSIVE
Pence Is Trump’s Man on Capitol Hill
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Spurred by VP pick Mike Pence, a former congressman with close ties to many lawmakers, the Trump campaign in recent weeks has stepped up its courtship of wary Capitol Hill Republicans. And the efforts appear to be bearing fruit." Central to the charm offensive: invitations to more than a dozen "Senate and House members into his family’s private box for some power-schmoozing with him and his kids" during the Republican National Convention.

Source:
PAUL RYAN: STOP IT
Trump Encourages More Spying by Russia
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump essentially encouraged more Russian espionage against Democrats in a press conference this morning. "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” That prompted Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan to say: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

Source:
×