Capitalist Big Brother in Japan: Yahoo Japan to Mizuho FG and George Orwell

Capitalist Big Brother in Japan: Yahoo Japan to Mizuho FG and George Orwell Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The privacy of information is endlessly being crushed just like freedom on social media. George Orwell in 1949 published a powerful book titled Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). Sadly, the ramifications of his words are…

Political hacktivism in decline on the low profile of Anonymous and the state apparatus

Political hacktivism in decline on the low profile of Anonymous and the state apparatus Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to IBM’s X-Force, the international community is witnessing an enormous decline in the activity of hacking by political hacktivists. Of course, the decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous is part of this huge…

US and Japan affirm Cybersecurity ties: Japan’s non-Northeast Asian fixation and Russia

US and Japan affirm Cybersecurity ties: Japan’s non-Northeast Asian fixation and Russia Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan claims that he desires to solve the protracted territorial dispute with the Russian Federation. Yet, many within the corridors of power in Moscow dispute the sincerity of Japan.…

Learning Without Fighting: New Developments in PLA Artificial Intelligence War-Gaming

Learning Without Fighting: New Developments in PLA Artificial Intelligence War-Gaming Publication: China Brief By: Elsa Kania The Jamestown Foundation   The Opportunities and Challenges of Intelligentization A lack of recent experience in combat is often characterized as a major liability and potential disadvantage for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in any future conflict scenario.…

Is Facebook on the verge of downfall?

Is Facebook on the verge of downfall? Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times  The Possible Downfall of Facebook Facebook! Facebook! Facebook! Indeed, that name rings a bell. Even in the remotest part of the world, Facebook is a well-known social media (SM) platform. In fact, this mirrors its unparalleled popularity. As a social network, Facebook…

Electronic warfare and Japan: New approach to the Russian Federation?

Electronic warfare and Japan: New approach to the Russian Federation? Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is focused on a five-year plan to upgrade areas related to electronic warfare, cyber wars, cyberspace, and other modern military areas. At the same time, Japan understands the growing reality of new…

Russia’s Military Undertaking Growing Role in Creation of ‘Sovereign Internet’

Russia’s Military Undertaking Growing Role in Creation of ‘Sovereign Internet’ Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Russia’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed its involvement in the creation of a “sovereign Internet,” which marks part of its wider efforts to transform its system of military communications. This will involve the Russian military…

LockerGoga wrecking havoc on cyber systems

LockerGoga wrecking havoc on cyber systems Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times  LockerGoga: Are manufacturing companies under threat? I.T.-based companies around the world are investing a sizable fraction of their revenues in building formidable cyber defense systems against viruses. For many of them, devoting a huge sum of their revenues to upgrading their firewalls and antivirus…

Cyber insurance may be the solution for preventing cyberattacks 

Cyber insurance may be the solution for preventing cyberattacks  Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times Cyberattacks impacting well-known brands In December 2018, the Modern Tokyo Times reported that one of the world’s leading hotel chains, Marriot International, came under heavy cyberattacks. In the report, the Modern Tokyo Times pointed out that the unknown cyber assailants…

Is a global Bill of Rights needed to protect digital privacy against China’s cashless systems? 

Is a global Bill of Rights needed to protect digital privacy against China’s cashless systems?  Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times China’s Cashless Systems: A Flagrant Violation of Human Rights Technology keeps shaping our world every day. And the beauty of innovative technology is that it has no substitute. For instance, the United States automaker…

‘Special Outsider’: Russia Joins the Race for Global Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

‘Special Outsider’: Russia Joins the Race for Global Leadership in Artificial Intelligence Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Sergey Sukhankin The Jamestown Foundation On February 26, the industrial director of the Rostec State Corporation, Sergey Abramov, declared that work on the fourth generation of the Ratnik future infantry combat system is underway. The system is said…

Are Banking Trojans on the rise?  

Are Banking Trojans on the rise?   Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times Banking Trojans increase by 16% in 2018 Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Solutions has raised an alarm over the skyrocketing number of cyberattacks with popular malware, Banking Trojans. According to the cybersecurity company, Banking Trojans attacked about 889,452 users of its anti-phishing…

Israel and NSO Group: Pegasus spyware found in over 40 nations is alarming journalists

Israel and NSO Group: Pegasus spyware found in over 40 nations is alarming journalists Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In 2017, the NSO Group was highlighted by Modern Tokyo Times in relation to its spyware being used against journalists in Mexico. However, despite the negative human rights issue related to this Israeli company, it…

Common cybersecurity standards a solution sites Huawei to allay US concerns

Common cybersecurity standards a solution sites Huawei to allay US concerns Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Huawei, understanding international concern about security risks is calling for the need for an international approach to allay fears of certain governments. This notably applies to America and staunch allies that have also spoken out…

Another Step Forward Toward ‘Sovereign’ Russian Internet

Another Step Forward Toward ‘Sovereign’ Russian Internet Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Sergey Sukhankin The Jamestown Foundation Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov talked with Russian journalists on Wednesday, February 27, following news reports in the United States claiming that US Cyber Command had actively hacked and briefly taken offline the St. Petersburg–based Internet Research Agency. The…

JP Morgan moves forward with bold cryptocurrency initiative 

JP Morgan moves forward with bold cryptocurrency initiative  Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times The cryptocurrency industry gets a boost as JP Morgan joins the fray Last Thursday, US banking giant JP Morgan Chase announced that it would launch its cryptocurrency, JPM Coin. By this announcement, the investment and financial institution will become the first…

Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense?

Will Russia disconnecting from the Internet up the stakes in cyber defense?  Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times U.S.-Russia relations may worsen as Russia initiates moves to disconnect from the Internet  Just when everyone thought that the Cold War between the United States and Russia had ended, Russian officials are taking major steps that suggest it…

Cyberattacks may force companies to finally assess cyber risks

Cyberattacks may force companies to finally assess cyber risks Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times  Mondelez vs. Zurich case turn the spotlight on insurance companies Much as the widely reported NotPetya malware attacks are gradually disappearing from the headlines, its aftermath still holds sway. Apparently, the Mondelez vs. Zurich Case has become a constant reminder…

Arrests in Poland Contribute to the International Controversies Surrounding Huawei

Arrests in Poland Contribute to the International Controversies Surrounding Huawei By: John Dotson China Brief The Jamestown Foundation Introduction The December 1, 2018, arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟) in Vancouver—an arrest made by Canadian officials pursuant to a warrant issued in the United States—touched off a three-way diplomatic firestorm between China,…

Google slammed for GDPR violation by the European Union

Google slammed for GDPR violation by the European UnionHorace C. White Modern Tokyo Times Google becomes the first victim of GDPR On Friday, May 25, 2018, customers of tech-based companies received loads of email, notifying them that their service providers would be updating their Privacy Policy. Indeed, these companies were reacting to the deadline issued…

Is China’s Skynet detrimental to the entire human race?

Is China’s Skynet detrimental to the entire human race?   Horace C. White  Modern Tokyo Times  China’s Skynet places all of its citizens under surveillance  In an effort to build a perfectly controlled society, China has developed a surveillance system that will monitor everyone living in the country. According to the Chinese authorities, Skynet surveillance system…

Electronic warfare a concern for Japan: Modernization on developments in China and Russia

Electronic warfare a concern for Japan: Modernization on developments in China and Russia Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Irrespective of the rights or wrongs of events surrounding Crimea between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the role of Russia’s electronic warfare opened-up eyes in Japan. Similarly, with China and the Russian Federation…

Will quantum computing cripple the cryptocurrency?

Will quantum computing cripple the cryptocurrency?  Horace C. White Modern Tokyo Times Quantum computing: the underrated cryptocurrrency threat Cryptocurrency is a crypto-asset that uses secure cryptography to process financial transactions. Last week, blockchain service enabler Ternio launched its first blockchain product, BlockCard (TM). Blockcard (TM) is one of the three crypto debit cards in the United States. According…