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Tokyo Responds To Anti-Japanese Attacks

David Utter
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Published: 2005-05-11

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While media reports blame Chinese and South Korean attackers, the government tightens up its electronic security.

Government sites in Japan, like the Self-Defense Forces and the National Police Agency, and several of its ministries' sites, have been victimized by Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

These attacks have come at a rate as high as 15,000 hits per second, bringing web servers to a crawl and denying access for legitimate users.

The Japanese government created the National Information Security Center in late April, and increased staff dedicated to thwarting online attacks.

Some of the attacks coincided with anti-Japanese protests in China, leading to media speculation on the origin of the DoS. But government officials won't name a place of origin for the attacks.

Chinese protests began after publication of a history book in Japan. Critics claim atrocities committed in the 1930s and 1940s were not fully addressed. With the protests came postings on Chinese web sites calling for a malicious response.

"I can't comment on media reports that many of these attacks came from China and South Korea," said Naoki Miyagi, a National Information Security Center official. "But it's true that there were provocative messages on Chinese Web sites calling for cyberattacks on Japanese establishments."

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