Japan is preparing a national sweep of some 200 million network-connected gadgets for cyber-security lapses ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, an official said on Tuesday.
The government-backed National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will start the survey from February to check potential vulnerabilities in items such as routers, webcams and web-connected home appliances.
Tokyo is rushing to beef up cyber security as the nation prepares to host major global events, such as the Rugby World Cup this year, the Group of 20 meetings and the summer Olympic Games.
Cyber security has become increasingly important as sporting events introduce new technologies for everything from broadcasting to ticketing.
For the study, researchers will take common but unsafe IDs and passwords often exploited by malware — like “abcd”, “1234” or “admin” — to see if devices are readily accessible by hackers, said institute spokesman Tsutomu Yoshida.
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