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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan Inc. assesses cybersecurity risks ahead of Olympics

Executives wake up to a reality in which it is impossible to prevent attacks

2020 is shaping up to be a dangerous year for Japan, one cybersecurity specialist says. (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are waking up to the risks of Tokyo hosting the Olympics this summer and are taking measures to mitigate any cyberattacks that might come their way as the world's eyes focus on the country for two weeks beginning July 24.

They do not have to go too far back in time to find an example of an Olympic host coming under attack. In 2018, malware almost delayed the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, in South Korea, according to reports. The cyberattack targeted the organizing committee and partner companies, seizing servers and about 300 computers.

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