Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp. stated on Wednesday that its corporate website had been hacked sometime in early June. The company was quick to clarify that no sensitive customer information was accessed, and it was only their Japanese-language site that was affected, however those who accessed the homepage between June 5th and 14th may have been redirected to an unaffiliated website that automatically installed a virus program on users' computers.
People who get candid shots for whatever they do, wherever they may be, are usually celebrities like actors, athletes, and musicians. So having a Japanese cabinet minister captured while simply enjoying his snack yet stirring up Twitter users with excitement is really something. The man who has done so is none other than Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Nine people, employees and executives of a company that operated several online dating sites, were arrested on suspicion of defrauding a man of 1.36 million yen (approx. 14,400 US dollars). The Metropolitan Police Department's Cyber Crimes Control Division said that among those arrested was Takahiro Yamanaka, the 34-year-old former president of the company known as "Wingnet."
NTT West, a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, is performing streaming trials hoping to start using 4K-resolution standard in videos online and television. Though 4K-resolution is not something new and is already available in the market, it is not yet used as a standard resolution system in mainstream broadcast and film media, most of which still rely on megapixels, including the 1080p. NTT West’s tests will end on Friday.
Calls for Hideaki Ueda, Japan's human rights envoy to the United Nations, to step down are quickly rising this week after a video was posted on the internet that shows the envoy shouting "shut up" at fellow diplomats during a meeting. The incident took place in Geneva at a gathering of the UN torture committee, and as the video has made its way to YouTube, online criticism is rising that Ueda has embarrassed Japan and needs to be recalled.
Prosecutors are adding charges of forcible obstruction of business and supplying a computer virus against 31 year old Yusuke Katayama, the accused creator of the "iesys.exe" virus. He has also allegedly remotely controlled a 21 year old man's computer, which sent a threatening message to a pop group. This is a result of months of intensive investigation by the police, which even led to several false arrests at first, but the evidence eventually led them to Katayama who will be facing the courts soon.
A post on his Facebook page seems to have caused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lose points with some of the public. After encountering protestors against Japan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, Abe took to social media to criticize their stand.
While Facebook continues to dominate the international market in terms of social network numbers, Japanese web users seem to be slowly getting disenchanted with it. From 17.2 million users in December 2012, the numbers five months later have dropped 19.5% to 13.78 million.
Local cloud solutions provider Hitachi Solutions will feel that it will have boosted its cloud services when it announced on Monday that it is officially supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as part of its local product catalog. Amazon will also look at this as a significant advantage over rivals Microsoft Azure, as both have long been battling over the Japanese cloud server market. Traditionally, large Japanese firms tend to stick with domestic providers such as Hitachi, but they do need more support when they expand Web services abroad. This will be a niche that Hitachi will look to hit with this new partnership.