Last updated at Thu, 10 Aug 2023 22:31:14 GMT

Recently, we released a major report analyzing the threat landscape of Japan, the globe’s third largest economy. In that report we looked at the ways in which threat actors infiltrate Japanese companies (spoiler alert: it is often through foreign subsidiaries and affiliates) and some of the most pervasive threats those companies face such as ransomware and state-sponsored threat actors.

We also took a look at some of the hardest hit industries and it should come as no surprise that some of the most commonly attacked companies are in industries where Japan currently excels on a global scale. Think manufacturing and automotive, technology & media, and financial services.


In a series of blog posts we’re going to briefly discuss the findings for one of those industries, but rest assured, more information can be found in our one-page rundowns and the report itself.

When it comes to technology and media companies, personally identifiable information, or PII, is the name of the game. Often the companies themselves aren’t the actual targets, but the information they have on their customers very much are. For instance, the breach of one IT vendor yielded access information to their own customers’ customers. Some 10 other companies were made vulnerable and attackers were able to walk away with customer data for those companies. Similarly, an overseas subsidiary of a Japanese company was breached allowing for 62 other organizations to be compromised.

The gaming industry is also not immune to cyber attacks though, like the manufacturing industry, ransomware, not credential stealing, was the main goal. In July of 2022, a major gaming company was compromised through an overseas partner by the ransomware group, BlackCat.
For more detail on the threat landscape of the technology and media industries in Japan check out our report, or the handy one-page brief specifically looking at these industries.