- DEFENSE & SECURITY
Ransomware damage reports surge in January-June
16:51 JST, September 16, 2022
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of ransomware damage reports made to Japanese police in January-June shot up 1.8-fold from a year before to 114, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.
The reports on ransomware attacks, in which hackers encrypt data in victims’ computers and demand ransom for restoring the data, were made in 30 of the country’s 47 prefectures in the first half of 2022, according to the survey.
In many cases, offenders broke into systems by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in virtual private networks used for teleworking and other purposes. The NPA is calling for computer users to strengthen system security.
According to the agency, the number of ransomware damage reports rose from 21 in the second half of 2020, to 61 in the first half of 2021 and then to 85 in the second half of the same year.
Japanese police have yet to arrest suspects in ransomware attacks, which apparently have been made by offenders outside the country.
In 28 cases reported in the first half of 2022, offenders demanded money, seeking payments in the form of bitcoin in most cases. The agency did not say whether the payments were made.
Asked about the extent of damage, six organizations replied to the agency that all of their operations were suspended following a ransomware attack.
In February, Toyota Motor Corp. halted operations at all its domestic plants after a parts supplier was hit by a ransomware attack.
"POLITICS" POPULAR ARTICLE
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to Start Real-Time Missile Info Sharing
Taiwan’s Semiconductor Giants Build Overseas Amid Global Demand, Local Labor Shortage
Govt Issues Emergency Warning Following N. Korea’s Missile Launch (Update 1)
Japan Provides Ukraine with Landmine Detectors, Vehicles
Xi Sends Condolence Letter to Kishida on Death of Soka Gakkai’s Daisaku Ikeda
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Exports of Nishikigoi Carp to China Halted; Permits for Japanese Aquaculture Facilities By China Have Expired
- Japan April-Sept. Current Account Surplus Hits Record High
- Food, Beverage Price Hikes Show Signs of Easing; Fuel Prices, Consumer Frugality Slowing Down Price Rises
- Japan 2023 Food Exports Reach 1 Tril. Yen at Record Pace
- 69.7 Bil. Yen in COVID-19 Loans to Small Businesses Uncollectible