Japan Is Hacking Its Own Citizen’s Smart Devices… But For A Good Reason!
The Japanese government has approved a law that will allow government specialists to hack into unsecured smart devices, as stated by Tech Radar.
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will conduct the hack and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will keep an eye on the event. They will start by trying out the default passwords and a list of known passwords to gain entry into the citizen’s devices.
If the hackers find out that a device doesn’t have enough protection, the government will let the user know. The user will then be educated on how they can properly secure their device.
The reason for the government taking this action is because they want to be sure that no one can infiltrate the country's infrastructure when they host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Their concern comes after Russian hackers deployed the 'Olympic Destroyer' during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Since the government’s way of doing this is intruding into the privacy of the citizens, some are of the opinion that a reminder of password change might suffice.
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