Japan Receives Record-Setting 12.8 billion Cyber Attacks in 2013

The NICT has announced that Japan has intercepted an astounding 12.8 billion cyber attacks in 2013, marking the highest number of attacks launched on the company since the statistics were first tracked in 2005.

Those responsible for tracking these metrics, the National Institute of Information and Communications technology (NICT), has said that a rising number of the attacks in question were coming from sources located in countries like China and the United States, claiming that although neither nation took a majority stake in the number of attacks flooding in, it was still unnerving to see so much activity launched on the behalf of supposedly neutral allies at the UN.

Other countries included on that list are a bit more obvious, such as Russia and Brazil, although the NICT suspects that the attacks received from those two are more automated in nature, and did not discriminate whether a target was located in Japan or otherwise.

Utilizing upwards of 210,000 sensors spread across the whole of Japan’s internal networks, the NICT was able to identify over 12.8 billion attacks in total, dwarfing the 7.8 billion recorded the year before and representing a 64% increase in the amount of malicious traffic overall.

A portion of the attacks are reportedly related back to a threat from the hacktivist group Anonymous in July.

“After international hacker group Anonymous criticized Japan’s whaling activities and threatened on YouTube to attack related Japanese organizations last May, NICT detected attacks on some government servers.”

Originally the protest only took place in the physical realm, with hundreds of demonstrators taking to the street to voice their opposition against the country’s new law which sought to place tighter restrictions on international file-sharing and P2P download laws.

On the whole however, the majority of attacks that hit the state were random in nature, and were comprised primarily of DDOS attempts, network probes, and ping requests designed to test a system for any open ports that could be exploited by malicious software or potential digital threats.