Japan eyes private firms help on cyber attacks-media

October 2, 2011 05:22

TOKYO - Japan plans to work more closely with private companies by sharing information on cyber attacks after defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was hacked, Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.

The government also aims to ratify an international treaty on online crimes, the Nikkei said without citing a source.

The United States has recently pressured Japan to take more action against cyber attacks after Mitsubishi Heavy, which works closely with Boeing , said in September network information such as IP addresses may have been leaked.

Tokyo is considering asking private companies including utilities, railway operators, defense contractors, automakers and electronics to sign an agreement with public bodies to share information on cyber attacks, the Nikkei said.

Once the agreement is in place, the government and the public bodies would then widely share information on such attacks without identifying which firms were targeted, the Nikkei said.

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