Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Press Release

October 25, 2019

Implementation Status of Alerting Users of Vulnerable IoT Devices and IoT Devices Infected with Malware (Second Quarter of FY2019)

In recent years, the number of cyberattacks abusing IoT devices has been increasing, and it is necessary for users themselves to take appropriate security measures.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and ICT Information Sharing and Analysis Center Japan (ICT-ISAC) in cooperation with Internet providers are taking an initiative called National Operation Towards IoT Clean Environment (NOTICE) to investigate IoT devices that may be exploited for cyberattacks due to fragile ID and password settings. Furthermore, MIC, NICT, and ICT-ISAC are making use of a project of NICT’s Network Incident analysis Center for Tactical Emergency Response (NICTER) project to alert users of IoT devices found to have been infected with malware.
Recently, MIC, NICT, and ICT-ISAC have compiled a summary of their efforts to network safety up to the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and decided to open the summary to the public.
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International Policy Division,
Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC
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