We live in a time when the presence of any electronic smart device (for example, a connected thermostat or a Wi-Fi security camera) suggests that it can be hacked. We are talking about the Internet of Things - and, as practice shows, the "smarter" a thing, the worse it is protected from such a scourge. But what, then, should the millions of Japanese who have already acquired such devices do?
The state has extended a helping hand to its citizens. True, this help looks somewhat peculiar. Starting next month, employees of the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology of Japan will travel around the country, attempting to gain access to vulnerable electronics of citizens. To do this, they will use default passwords and lists of frequently used passwords to verify about 200 million IoT devices.
Testing will start with the most frequently hacked devices - routers and webcams. "Government" hackers will try to gain access to these devices at the place of residence and work of citizens. If successful, they will notify users and ISPs of the identified vulnerability.
According to experts, this campaign is directly related to the upcoming Olympic Games 2020, which will be held in Tokyo. The Japanese government is ready to use a variety of ideas and methods to ensure the safety of the upcoming competition, including advanced facial recognition technology.