Japanese government authorized NICT to hack into 200 million Internet-connected devices to heighten security in time for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

February 13, 2019

  • Government Authorized Hack – Japanese government approved plans on January 25, 2019 allowing National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) to hack into 200 million Internet-of-Things devices (e.g. webcams and routers) in homes and offices
  • Duration – Program will start mid-February 2019 and could last up to 2024
  • Consumer Warning – Owners of successfully hacked devices will be notified to improve security measures
  • Olympics 2020 Preparation – Will increase security to prepare for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020
  • No Data Leak – Institute representative Daisuke Inoue said information obtained will not be leaked

Image Source: Pixabay

Image Source: Pixabay

Market Disruption: Privacy and Security
Sectors: Government (excluding military), Military and Security

Original Publication Date: January 25, 2019

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