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May 31, 2015

The US will protect Japan against cyberattacks

by John_A

A Japanese variant of the F-15 Eagle

The US knows that it’s not enough to protect its own networks against cyberattacks — its allies have to be safe, too. Appropriately, it’s agreeing to shield Japan from digital assaults against its military and critical systems. The move gives the island nation a big security boost (its online defense unit has a mere 90 people) and hopefully reduces the chances that less-than-sympathetic neighbors China and North Korea will compromise a strategically vital country. While it’s doubtful that the pact will deter many hacking attempts, it could make any local cyberwarfare campaigns that much tougher.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko]

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Source: Reuters

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