Japan Hosts First Hackathon to Ward Off Future Cyber Attacks

Japan this weekend hosted its first-ever, government-sanctioned hacking contest, inviting tech-savvy residents to help the country ward off future cyber attacks.

Until now, Japan has discouraged hacking competitions over concerns that such events would actually encourage cyber crime, Japan’s national broadcast station NHK reported today. But in recent months, Japan has faced a number of cyber attacks, including a January attack on the Japanese Ministry that resulted in the theft of 3,000 classified documents.

The hacks came after Japan purchased the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, which China also claims to own, so the cyber attacks are believed to have originated in China, according to Voice of America. As a result, Japan is looking for some tech-savvy individuals to help it fight off the growing cyber threat.

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