cyber-security
Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

The Ministry of Defense publishes its FY2013 budget appropriations request including several previously unreported figures.

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Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

The Yomiuri has published (j) a report worrying about the British Sunday Times’ revelation that BAE Systems internal network may have been hacked by Chinese spies and critical information on the F-35 fighter may have been lost. Both the UK and the US were targets of the attack. In particular there is concern that the advanced...

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Motohiro Tsuchiya: Patriotic Geeks Wanted to Counter a Cyber Militia

The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies published a commentary by Keio Prof. Motohiro Tsuchiya examining the need of the Japanese government strengthen its defense against cyber-warfare, no doubt in consideration of the recent hacking scandals that rocked Japan at the end of last year:

Japan was one of the first countries to introduce cyber security measures, having set up the National Information Security Center (NISC) under the Cabinet Secretariat in 2005. The initial concerns were primarily technical issues, exhibiting little awareness that cyber security has to do with national security and crisis management. However, since major cyber-attacks were carried out against the US and South Korea in July 2009, Japan has been making preparations on the assumption that it could be the next target. The government drew up a special national plan titled “Information Security Strategy to Protect Japanese Nationals” in May 2010.

The real challenge of such a strategy is whether the government can secure good experts to counter militias and mercenaries. The rewards that the government can offer would be too small for competent geeks. Even if the government succeeds in employing them, it would be vulnerable unless it keeps them committed long enough – think about the risk of them being hired by adversary forces after their stint in the government! Success hinges on whether the government can secure patriotic geeks.

Read more at the AJISS Commentary site

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Asia Security Watch: Total War in Cyberspace

Asia Security Watch: Total War in Cyberspace

By now, many may have seen the widely reproduced Adam Segal post on Huang Chunping’s article in China Defense Daily about a cyber-mobilization structure during warfare. Those following the evolution of Chinese information warfare (IW) thought–particularly readers of Timothy Thomas’ various books will find little of particular novelty. I am struck, however, by the continued...

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China Unlikely to Aid in Mitsubishi Heavy Cyber-Attack Investigation

China Unlikely to Aid in Mitsubishi Heavy Cyber-Attack Investigation

Police investigating the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries hacking case have hit a brick wall after China stalls on cooperating with the investigation. Does China have something to hide?

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Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

The Asahi leads with a scoop suggesting that the recent cyber-attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leaked nuclear and military information to the wider world. Full story within.

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Defense Industry Hacking Cases Likely Linked

Defense Industry Hacking Cases Likely Linked

The Daily Yomiuri reports that the infected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries computers transmitted data to the same US-based server. Police investigators believe there is a single culprit at play.

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KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Kyodo Press reports on the roots of the phishing attempt upon Kawasaki Heavy Industries, another major defense contractor affected by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cyber-security scare

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Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Daily Yomiuri reports that data on Japan's Type-80 air-to-ship missile was among data stolen in 300,000 unauthorized access attempts made to a server at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries site in Komaki, Aichi.

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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: The Chinese Connection?

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: The Chinese Connection?

As the finger points towards China, we discover that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wasn't the only mention of a cyber-attack in Japan this week. Get up-to-date with this news link post.

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Was Mitsubishi hit by cyber-spies?

Was Mitsubishi hit by cyber-spies?

A Yomiuri Shimbun article asks if the August cyber-attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, an act of espionage?

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