Japan Will Try to Hack its Citizens’ Routers, Webcams in the Name of Cybersecurity (Fast Company)


The Japanese government will actively try to hack into its citizens’ internet-connected devices in their homes. Starting in February, the country’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will use default passwords and password dictionaries and randomly try to infiltrate 200 million devices in homes across Japan. Owners of devices that are successfully breached will be informed they were hacked and urged to change their passwords to something more secure. The hacking program is an initiative aimed at increasing cybersecurity in Japan before the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next year.