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Japan Probes the Possible Involvement of the Pro-Russian Group in a Cyberattack

A DDoS attack involves hackers trying to bring down a network by flooding it with unusually large amounts of data traffic

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Sadaf Hasan
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JAPAN: Japan announced on Wednesday that it is looking into the potential involvement of a pro-Russian organisation after various government websites experienced outages the previous day.

Media reports attributed the attacks on the official websites to the pro-Russian group “Killnet.”

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According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the Japanese government is investigating whether difficulties accessing more than 20 websites across four government departments were brought on by a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

A DDoS attack involves hackers trying to bring down a network by flooding it with unusually large amounts of data traffic.

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He said, “Although the (Killnet) hacking group claimed responsibility for the attacks, we are currently looking into the root causes of the failures, including the gang’s involvement.”

However, Matsuno continued, services were reinstated the same day even though the government websites were unavailable on Tuesday evening.

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Later, without providing any further details, Japan’s digital agency tweeted that Wednesday was having login issues for several of its services through its e-Gov administrative portal. The portal was one of the targets on Tuesday, according to NHK, a national broadcaster.

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