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In Run-Up To Olympics, Japan Plans To Hack Citizens' IoT Devices

January 28, 2019 / Emma Woollacott

The Japanese government is believed to be planning to try and access millions of citizens' IoT devices, to check whether their passwords are secure. Minister for internal affairs and communications Masashi Ishida has approved an amendment to the country's Supplementary Provisions of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Law, allowing the 'hack' to take place. According to NHK World, staff at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) will use default passwords and password dictionaries to try and hack randomly-selected IoT devices, and compile a list of vulnerable devices.