Japan promises to take action to protect Olympics from cyber attacks

Cybersecurity for Tokyo 2020

Earlier, the US and the UK accused Russia of cyberattacks aimed at disrupting the Tokyo Games

Japan said Tuesday it will take countermeasures to ensure next year’s Tokyo Olympics are not disrupted by cyberattacks..Japan promises to take action to protect Olympics from cyber attacks The statement came after the UK and the United States accused Russia of organizing efforts to disrupt the Olympics.

Olympic organizers say they did not notice the significant impact of hacker attacks on preparations for the 2020 Games, which were postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, the US and UK condemned a series of malicious cyber attacks by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics..

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the accusations, calling them a manifestation of “Russophobia.” “The Russian Federation and Russian special services have never undertaken any hacker attacks, especially against the Olympics,” he told reporters.

Japanese Cabinet Secretary General Katsunobu Kato said the country will make every effort to protect the Olympics from possible hacking attempts.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to malicious cyberattacks that threaten democracy,” Kato said at a press conference, adding that Japan collects and analyzes information and is in close contact with the United Kingdom and the United States..

“The Olympics are a major international event that is attracting attention and cybersecurity measures are extremely important,” he added..

“Despite the fact that we are constantly monitoring various types of cyber attacks on digital platforms related to the Olympics 2020, there was no significant impact on our activities,” said spokesman for the organizing committee Masa Takaya.

Olympics sponsor Panasonic said it is stepping up global monitoring, adding: “We have not found any evidence of an attack.”.

A spokesman for Toyota, which also sponsors the Olympics, refrained from comment.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson said cybersecurity is one of the organization’s priorities.

“The IOC and the Olympic Organizing Committees consider cybersecurity as one of the priority areas and are actively working to ensure the highest degree of cybersecurity for the Olympic Games,” he said, declining to specify what specific measures are in question.

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