[ISN] Tokyo's Cyber Emergency Centre at the vanguard of hacking defence

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 00:43:10 -0600 (CST)

By Leo Lewis
The Times
March 8, 2010 

Across one wall of a Thunderbirds-style command centre a huge map of the 
world keeps a running log of global cyber-attacks. Bloodcurdling names 
dart across the screen as thousands of computers are attacked in Houston 
or Hiroshima or Hampstead. This is Tokyo's Cyber Emergency Centre.

Itsuro Nishimoto gives an order to one of his staff, who hacks a nearby 
laptop. In less than a minute he can observe the person working at that 
computer using the laptop.s webcam. The operating light has been 
disabled; the user has no idea he can be seen.

"The cyber-attacker will tend to watch and wait until the user goes to 
the bathroom or to get a cup of coffee," says Mr Nishimoto, "then the 
real assault begins. People talk about cyberwar as if it hasn't already 
begun. It has. It has all the characters of real wars: attackers, 
defenders, innocent victims, fearsome weapons. Even mercenaries."

To gain access to the victim's laptop, Mr Nishimoto has used a piece of 
Chinese software -- a ready-to-use package that is sold widely in 
Chinese hacking circles and is simple enough for a small child to use. 
But the real problem, explains the managing director of the Cyber 
Emergency Centre, are not attacks such as these but the online raiders 
his sensors are not detecting.

Cyber defence experts describe a rapidly changing theatre of war. One 
startling trend, Mr Nishimoto says, is how closely the growth of 
cybercriminality has matched the rise of the BRICs -- the acronym for 
the emerging market potential of Brazil, Russia, India and China.


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