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Japan is belatedly recognising the risks of cyber war

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Two days before Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his resignation, Japan finally set about launching his flagship, the Digital Agency.

Due to the need to create such an organization and give it political capital that may disappear by the time a new leader is elected, the world’s third-largest economy left the project embarrassingly late.

Japan will pay the price of reputation for decades of foot drag. The more successful government agencies are in the country’s digitally hesitant bureaucracy and economic modernization, the more surprising the shortcomings it uncovers and the later its efforts will appear.

However, people near the Cabinet Office say that the urgency of the birth of a digital agency masks the fear of being passed on to Kan’s successor. Japan knows that both the private and public sectors are not ready for cyberwarfare, and strongly suspects that potential enemies, especially China, are ready for cyberwarfare.

It’s interesting that Ciaran Martin, the founder and former head of the UK’s National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), joins the board of directors of a small Japan-based cyber defense consultant with the highest level of Japanese ears. To the moment. government. Other advisors of the company, Japan Cyber ​​DefenseIncludes former top officers in Japan and former Chief of Staff in Taiwan.

Martin’s addition as an adviser is in line with the government’s efforts to put together a complete cyber defense strategy by December and a changing perception of the risks facing the country, according to his new colleague. NS Ransomware attack The closure of America’s largest oil pipeline in May was only the latest in a global attack on critical infrastructure, said a Japanese cyber defense executive. But it was a particularly timely illustration of what the vulnerabilities of today’s nation would look like to the people around Suga, many of whom are likely to remain in the next administration.

These real-life shocks say that those who have seen the slow progress of Japan’s public and private sectors are now essential in building a coherent cyber defense strategy.

At some level, Japan appears to have moved to a new stage of heightened…

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It’s now an official maritime war | James J. Marlow

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According to Reserve Major General Amos Yadlin, former executive director of the institute for national security studies and former head of IDF military intelligence, Iran recognises it made a mistake when it attacked the commercial “Mercer Street” petroleum tanker last Thursday.

Tehran have no problem killing Israelis, but the deadly drone attack in the Gulf, murdered two crew members from Britain and Romanian.

Intelligence gathered by Britain, United States and Israel all point to Iran being directly responsible, which prompted Boris Johnson to describe the attack as “outrageous”.

The Romanian foreign minister also said that Bucharest would work with international partners on an appropriate response.

Here is the “thing”. The Mercer Street tanker is Japanese owned, with a Liberian flag, operated by a British company, but managed by an Israeli owned Zodiac Maritime, (aka prominent Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer). So you have to go through three nations, before you reach Israel.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz made all the usual “hard-hitting” threats in the Knesset plenum like “Israel must act against the growing Iranian aggression in the region” and “The Mercer Ship attack is a clear violation of international law.”

But why does Israel have to retaliate? Israel was not attacked. It was Britain and Romania who bore the brunt of the two Iranian drones, which slammed into the vessel off the coast of Oman.

Drones can fly for more than 1500 kilometres and we now know they were launched from either an Iranian vessel or from Iran itself.

It was relatively easy for British, American and Israeli intelligence to ascertain that this was an Iranian attack on a civilian, not military target and Israel should take advantage of the Iranian miscalculation and pursue strong diplomatic, not military steps.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan wrote in a letter to Security Council President T. S. Tirumurti of India, “The Security Council should not sit idly by in the face of such violations by Iran or by the terrorist organizations throughout the region that serve as its proxies.”

Iran strives for nuclear capabilities and is sparking a dangerous arms race. It…

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Biden Warns a ‘Real Shooting War’ Could Come From Cyber Breach

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President Joe Biden told U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday that he thinks a cyber breach could lead to a “shooting war” with a major global power.

“I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up—if we end up in a war, a real shooting war, with a major power—it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence,” Biden said during a visit to the Office of the Direct of National Intelligence, according to a recording of his visit.

Biden did not clarify how the U.S. measures a breach “of great consequence,” but his remarks come after a series of Russian ransomware attacks and other cyberattacks have hit U.S. government and private sector entities. The American public has become intimately familiar with how ransomware attacks, especially those against a pipeline operator and meat supplier in recent months, can cause disruptions in Americans’ day-to-day lives.

“We’ve seen how cyberthreats including ransomware attacks increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption in the real world,” Biden told the approximately 120 ODNI staff in attendance.

The U.S. has long taken actions to retaliate against cyberattacks that have pummeled U.S. entities in recent years. It has sanctioned individuals it says are linked with attacks, indicted some, and called out different foreign government entities, such as China’s counterintelligence agency, the Ministry of State Security, for its involvement in cyberattacks. Cyber Command has worked to disrupt Russian government-linked hackers that sought to intervene in U.S. elections in recent years by sending them direct messages and interrupting their internet access.

And while Biden has said in recent months that he wouldn’t rule out a retaliatory cyberattack in response to one targeting U.S. entities, his remarks raised the specter that the U.S., or another adversary, might escalate its responses to cyberattacks in the future.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed Biden’s concerns in comments to The Daily Beast.

“I think what it means is he understands that a cyberattack can be easily as destructive if not more so than a dropping of a missile or a bomb and…

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Inside Israel’s Cyber War Industry

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Five years ago, in 2016, Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, received what has been called the most famous text message in the world. Mansoor received two SMS text messages on his iPhone promising “new secrets” about detainees tortured in UAE jails if he clicked on an included link. Suspecting something was amiss, Mansoor sent the messages to Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, who analyzed the link and pointed to Pegasus, NSO’s flagship product.

The same software was reportedly used to spy on a number of Indian politicians, activists and journalists, with the Pegasus scandal dominating headlines recently.

A lot has changed at NSO since the attack on Mansoor in 2016. At the time, the company was owned by the American private equity firm Francisco Partners, which had bought it for around $100 million in 2014. The company had a strict no-press policy. Just a few years later in 2019, NSO sold for $1 billion to the European private equity firm Novalpina and the original founders.

The massive jump in valuation reflects the rapid growth of the spyware industry – made possible by technology improvements, including so called “zero click” techniques that infect targets without the need for any action at all. Mansoor had to click on a link for the spyware to run on his phone. That’s no longer the case, as the spyware uses sophisticated techniques that keep its activities as unobtrusive as possible – and runs on your devices with no action on your part.

With growth comes increased secrecy. Israeli cyberwar firms are notoriously secretive. So secretive that we truly do not know the scale of the industry. “We can only guess at scale. We only know some players. The market is growing, but we lack a lot of information about abuses,” John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at Citizen Lab, told Technology Review.

The techniques and indicators investigators used to detect and analyse spyware are becoming more difficult to spot. And as a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to hold these firms accountable when privacy violations and human rights abuses occur.

The spyware firms say their technology is crucial in…

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