Japan Wants to Survey Insecure IoT devices Before Olympics by Hacking

2019, Breaches, January

Who: Japanese IoT devices

What was affected: 200 million IoT devices

When it happened: January 2019

How it happened: The survey will be carried out by employees of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

NICT employees will be allowed to use default passwords and password dictionaries to attempt to log into Japanese consumers’ IoT devices.

The plan is to compile a list of insecure devices that use default and easy-to-guess passwords and pass it on to authorities and the relevant internet service providers, so they can take measures to alert consumers and secure the devices.

Outcome: TBD