Japan chief government spokesman: cannot overlook malicious cyberattacks that threaten democracy

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, takes a picture of the Olympic rings in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s chief government spokesman said on Tuesday that malicious cyberattacks cannot be overlooked and the country will proceed with anti-cyberattack measures to make sure the Tokyo Olympics succeed.

Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they said were a series of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The games were originally set for this year but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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