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Pro-Russian hackers declare war on Japan

Tokyo, Sep 8 (EFE).- Russian hackers Killnet have declared a war against Japan with a widespread cyberattack that knocked down several government websites temporarily, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Thursday.

Matsuno said the hackers attacked the Japanese online systems to avenge the government’s support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

“We have confirmation that this group has stated that it has declared war on us and we have received information that they would also have attacked the Tokyo and Osaka subway websites,” Matsuno told reporters.

Matsuno’s remarks come hours after Killnet, a group behind a series of recent cyberattacks on countries supporting Ukraine, claimed in a video that it was behind the assault in Japan.

“You must pay attention to the world situation. Russia has not committed a crime in Ukraine, but protects the people. We are not the government of Russia,” they said in the video with Japanese subtitles.

The Tokyo and Osaka subway websites had access problems for a few hours Wednesday.

But that did not affect the service, and both sites were operational again on Thursday.

Matsuno said there were no new problems with other websites.

“The information system of government institutions is always under surveillance, and the relationship to share information between the ministries is also being strengthened,” said the government spokesman.

Hackers disrupted some 20 websites of four Japanese ministries recently.

The portals suffered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack carried out using multiple malicious terminals to overwhelm the targeted page with floods of data over a short period.

The attack clogs the network and prevents the user from accessing it.

Japan has prohibited imports of various products from Russia and frozen the assets of some Russians, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. EFE


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