Japan to Survey Connected IoT Devices Nationwide

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's communications ministry said Friday that it will start on Feb. 20 a nationwide survey of connected Internet of Things devices as a measure against cyberattacks.

The survey is aimed at raising general awareness about the security of IoT devices and finding connected devices left vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), under the jurisdiction of the ministry, will carry out the survey, seen covering a total of 200 million devices including Web cameras and sensors.

The NICT will test IDs and passwords employed in past cyberattacks on such devices. Internet service providers will alert owners if any dangers are detected.

Furthermore, the ministry plans to add security measures to a ministerial ordinance about technical standards for device terminals. The envisaged change to the ordinance is scheduled to take effect in April next year.

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