Cyberattacks hit Japan websites amid Chinese protests over Senkakus
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 20
The websites of at least 19 Japanese public and other institutions, including banks and universities, have come under cyberattack since Japan nationalized the Senkaku Islands, also claimed by China, on Sept. 11, the National Police Agency said Wednesday.
The cyber-attacks made it impossible for computer users to access the websites at least temporarily, while some of the attackers tampered with their contents, the NPA said.
An NPA official said the attacks appear to have originated in China, judging from the fact that more than half of the 19 sites had been named as the objects of cyberattacks on the message boards of Chinese hacking groups or on major Chinese chat sites.
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