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Study finds Japan open to cyber attacks

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Jul 25, 2006
A large number of computers at Japanese ministries and police agencies are dangerously vulnerable to cyber attacks and viral infections, a government survey said Tuesday.

The study gave "D" grades to the foreign ministry, National Police Agency and Imperial Household Agency among other major agencies, saying that fewer than 60 percent of their computers were adequately protected.

None of the Japanese government agencies were given an "A" grade, the study said.

"I want all the ministers to act fast to take necessary measaures," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said after receiving the report, as quoted by Jiji Press.

The Financial Services Agency, the Cabinet Office and the environment ministry received "B" grades, or "generally satisfactory", which means 80 percent or more of their computers are protected, the study found.

Japan's police and defense agencies last year came under cyber attack from suspected Chinese hackers.

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