The Japanese government has approved an amendment to the law that allows civil servants to hack into devices connected to the Internet – so-called IoT devices (IoT – Internet of Things).
Employees at the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, will be searching for passwords to Japanese home devices, ZDNet writes.
State hackers are allowed to use default passwords and password dictionaries to connect to IoT devices.
The goal is to compile a list of insecure devices that use standard or too simple passwords and pass them on to authorities and ISPs so they can take measures to alert consumers and ensure device security.
A campaign to verify passwords will start in February. During this month, authorities intend to verify 200 million devices. They plan to start with routers and webcams.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, in Japan in 2016, attacks on IoT-devices were two-thirds of all cyberattacks.
The plan is developed in preparation for the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The government is afraid that hackers may use IoT-devices to attack the IT infrastructure of the Olympic Games.