Tokyo Police Start Cybersecurity Drill

Society Technology

Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department started a joint drill with private businesses on Monday to prepare for cyberattacks.

The training, joined by companies that handle advanced technologies and operate critical infrastructure such as power facilities and railways, simulated responses to a ransomware attack, in which perpetrators demand a ransom in exchange for recovering access to data that has been blocked.

Ransomware cases have surged in recent years. Last October, an attack on Osaka General Medical Center's electronic medical record system resulted in operations at the institution in the western Japan city of Osaka being suspended.

The MPD conducts the cybersecurity drill almost every year. It is the first time that the exercise dealt with ransomware.

On Monday, the MPD worked with security department officials from participating private businesses to confirm virus infection routes, the content of malicious files and response to damage. The exercise, slated to run until Feb. 9, will be participated by a total of some 550 people from about 130 businesses. The drill is being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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