Russian Hackers Feared to Continue Cyberattacks on Japan

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Tokyo, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--There are concerns that Russian hackers may continue cyberattacks on Japan in protest against the Asian country's support for Ukraine.

A series of attacks apparently by a Russian hacker group called Killnet earlier this month targeted Japanese government-related websites and transportation infrastructure systems including Tokyo Metro Co.'s subway network and the Port of Nagoya in central Japan.

On Tuesday evening, the government's e-Gov portal website became unaccessible, and Killnet issued a statement claiming responsibility for the situation.

The hacker group is believed to have launched a so-called DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, sending a massive amount of data to cause disruptions.

Japanese credit card company JCB Co., social media firm Mixi Inc. <2121>, the Niconico vide-sharing platform and others also came under attack.

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