Japan seeking US assistance to obtain counter cyber attack capability

Japan is reportedly seeking to curb the increased cyberattacks on the nation`s government systems and in a bid to have the ability to counter the attacks by a foreign nation, it is mulling over plans to cooperate with the US that has the most sophisticated counterattack technology.

ANI| Updated: Dec 23, 2013, 11:31 AM IST

Tokyo: Japan is reportedly seeking to curb the increased cyberattacks on the nation`s government systems and in a bid to have the ability to counter the attacks by a foreign nation, it is mulling over plans to cooperate with the US that has the most sophisticated counterattack technology.

A source said that the ability would include being able to attack a server in self-defense if government computer systems were attacked.
According to a local news daily, the Japanese government plans to set up a `cyberdefense task force` within the Self-Defense Forces next March and the defense ministry along with other government agencies have begun compiling concrete measures to wage a counterattack.

The source said that the Japanese officials are considering waging distributed denial-of-service attacks that send huge amounts of data to offending servers.

A senior official has pointed that US cooperation is indispensable for such a task because identifying the source of cyberattack requires very sophisticated computer technology.
However, as counterattacks can also violate a Japanese law banning unauthorized access to servers and computers, the government is also planning to scrutinize the legal problems that might arise in obtaining counterattack capability, the report added.