In preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan government is set to test more than 200 million devices for security purposes.
Despite the integrated science and technology, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like Wi-Fi security camera and smart door locks are easily prone to hacking. Ironically, these tech products have poor security; however, Japan will revolutionize privacy and security among these gadgets as its government is set to hack them. Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology is slated to tour the country starting next month, with the main objective of gaining access to its citizens’ most susceptible devices. The employees of the research institute will use default passwords and frequently used passwords to investigate over 200 million IoT devices. The meticulous survey will start with the most commonly vulnerable electronics such as webcams and routers and webcams. The authorized hackers will try to gain entry to these gadgets using home and enterprise networks. If the process is proven efficient, they will notify users and internet service providers about the susceptibility to data and privacy breach.
This program is directly related to the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In an effort to combat abuse of IoT devices, the Japanese government has been keen in applying all high end security and privacy solutions for the upcoming games, which include widespread facial recognition technology. This is a bold step of the Japanese government to protect its people and their international guests in the upcoming Olympics. It is only fair that Japan is trying to preempt any hacking endeavors by cybercriminals. If you’re not a resident of Japan, no one will determine if your electronics are vulnerable to hacking. However, there’s one simple solution to avoid getting hacked: don’t buy any smart devices.