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Japan considers cyberwarfare capabilities

Jan. 6, 2014 - 12:05PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
Japan's national legislature, the Diet, meets in this building, the Kokkai.
Japan's national legislature, the Diet, meets in this building, the Kokkai. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Japanese officials are discussing whether to establish a cyberwarfare capability with U.S. help, according to the Japan Times newspaper.

"This would include being able to attack a server in self-defense if government computer systems were attacked," said the newspaper, citing an unspecified Japanese government source. The Japan Self Defense Forces will establish a cyberdefense task force in March.

One cyberwarfare technique under consideration is denial-of-service attacks, according to the Times. "For this, a senior defense official said, U.S. cooperation is indispensable because identifying the source of a cyberattack requires very sophisticated computer technology."

However, Japanese officials are worried about the legal ramifications of cyber war. Counterattacks could violate a Japanese law banning unauthorized access to servers and computers, according to the report.

In addition, if the server were in a foreign country or if Japan waged a counterattack pre-emptively, it could be construed as a violation of the key constitutional principle of limiting Japan to defensive actions in response to foreign aggression.


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