Japan to check 200M devices for security risks as 2020 Olympics nears

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics already has its mascots: Miraitowa (left) and Someity. Security preparations are underway too.


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Japan is ramping up cybersecurity as it plans for the summer Olympics next year in Tokyo.

The government’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will survey about 200 million internet-connected devices in Japan for potential security vulnerabilities starting in February, Channel News Asia reported this week. The institute will get the permission of internet service providers to do the work.

Researchers will randomly try to break into devices by using common but unsafe IDs and passwords often exploited by malware such as “abcd,” “1234” or “admin” to see whether devices are vulnerable to hackers, Channel News Asia reported.    

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