Net Futures 2016

Annual Tech Event  and Conference.

 

What is Net Futures 2016?

Net Futures is one of the most expected tech event and conference of the year. The event has lectures and discussions about some of the current technology and the future of technology. It also features some of the eminent personalities in the tech world.

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The below listed are some of the hot topics that will be discussed in Net Futures this year. Experts in the field will be providing valuable information about various things.

Immersive Experience

Intelligent Automation

Architectures

Blockchain

Our Speakers

Brian M. Barnett

Brian M. Barnett

Global Head Blockchain Practice

James M. Koontz

James M. Koontz

Chief Data Scientist

Kathleen R. Rodrigue

Kathleen R. Rodrigue

Developer

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Net Futures will have trade shows that will showcase new gadgets that are about to enter the tech world, seminars on various topics and important conferences discussing key things.

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If you are a techie and if you want to be updated about everything that is happening in the tech world, check out our blogs and get all the information and updates that you need.

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Latest Events & Updates

Spotify responsible for battery drain and iPhone overheating

Spotify responsible for battery drain and iPhone overheating

A recent issue with the Spotify iPhone application is causing overheating and battery drains on iOS 14 and iOS 15. A fix is in the works according to some officials from both Apple and Spotify.

Complaints are piling up on the Spotify forums. Several users are complaining of abnormal battery drain when using the streaming service on iOS, accompanied by overheating of the device.

“My phone always drains between 30 and 40 percent battery per hour when using Spotify,” says one user who says he deleted the app from his iPhone 11, frightened by the abnormal overheating of the phone. “I have this problem too,” said another user with an iPhone 12 mini. Testimonies of this kind have been piling up for a few days and all seem to point to abnormal behavior of the latest Spotify update on iOS 14 (14.7 or 14.8) and iOS 15. It seems that the battery drain even happens in the background.

Spotify was quick to respond and says it not only knows about the issue, but is actively working on a fix. Nevertheless, no deployment date is communicated at the moment.

New updates expected for the Spotify App

If your application is not up to date on your iPhone, we advise you not to update to the latest version 8.6.62 dated September 16. On the other hand, if you’re suffering from this problem, keep an eye out for future updates and download the next one as soon as it becomes available.

Spotify also recommends uninstalling and reinstalling the app cleanly and disabling the app’s background refresh. To do this, go to your iPhone’s settings, to the General tab, and then to the Background Update section. Here, disable Spotify. It’s a band-aid on a wooden leg, but it may allow you to enjoy your music while waiting for the patch to be deployed to fix this problem.

DJI Mavic 3 Pro: the new professional drone unveiled

DJI Mavic 3 Pro: the new professional drone unveiled

DJI’s next high-end drone hints at its features, and it’s promising. Many rumours and leaks have recently surfaced on the web and we are about to know more on DJI’s flagship product!

Mavic Mini 2, Air 2S, FPV… Three drone models released in the last year, and yet DJI still hasn’t decided to offer a successor to its flagship product, the Mavic Pro. However, this one is getting ready to welcome a successor, the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. The device has just delivered a good part of its secrets thanks to a few leaks from reputable sources.

A release postponed because of the pandemic

But where is the Mavic 3 Pro? Expected by some for the second half of 2021, it seems that the next high-end drone from DJI will only take off at the beginning of next year. Here’s a quick update on the various rumours surrounding the upcoming DJI Mavic 3 Pro.

According to information gleaned by DroneDJ, this new drone could be launched very soon, probably early next year. It would be declined in two models; a Standard version and a Cine version, which should be sold for $1,599 and $2,500 respectively. The first sketches have been published on Twitter.

This new camera drone could have two cameras, not just one. We can expect several focal lengths, one of 24 mm (f/2.8-11) and the other of 160 mm (f/4.4), which will bring variety to the shots captured by the drone. These two sensors would be able to shoot videos in 5.2K. The device would then be able to transfer these videos in HD up to 15 km away.

Several new features should be part of the game.

Among them, we note the Hyperlapse, the ActiveTrack, the QuickShot, the Panorama mode and the Advanced Pilot Assistance, but also a system to avoid obstacles. The Smart Controller has also been revised and will have both WiFi and 4G connectivity. This one would have a 1920 x 1080 pixels screen rather bright. Finally, there is talk about the weight of the device – 920 grams – and the autonomy, 46 minutes in flight. This would be a great performance compared to its predecessor, which lasted less than half an hour in flight.

Towards a launch in the first half of 2022

According to a source close to DJI, mentioned by the American media dronedj.com, the future drone should be finalized next October (both in terms of design and technical specifications). The preparation of the production lines would take about 2 months, to which should be added 2 more months for the production of the aircraft.

Not to mention that Chinese factories close for a whole week on the occasion of the Chinese New Year (which will fall on February 1, 2022). Add to that the shortage of components that currently affects many tech players, and the arrival of the DJI Mavic 3 Pro could happen (at the latest) around March 2022.

Moreover, we are curious to know what name this new drone will bear. For some time now, DJI has tended to remove the words “Mavic” and “Osmo” from the names of its drones and stabilizers. So it’s not impossible that it will be named “DJI Pro 3”, quite simply.

MacBook Pro M1X offers a sneak peek at a future macOS beta

MacBook Pro M1X offers a sneak peek at a future macOS beta

In the latest beta of macOS Monterey, we can see two new screen definitions that do not correspond to any existing Apple machine.

While the new iPhone 13 have just arrived at the first customers, Apple still has new surprises in store for us by the end of the year. These include the launch of new third-generation AirPods, but also a new batch of MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon chips.

Rumours are spreading on the web

According to the latest rumors, these machines could be unveiled at a new conference to be held in October. There would be two models, one with a 14-inch screen, and the other with a 16-inch slab. We would also benefit from a brand new chassis incorporating missing ports such as an SD card reader and a MagSafe.

Now these new MacBook Pros are back in the news, this time from a particularly reliable source: Apple. In the latest beta of macOS Monterey, the next version of the Mac operating system, the MacRumors site has spotted two new machines. Or rather, two new screen definitions for Apple computers.

There are references to “3,024 x 1,964 Retina” and “3,456 x 2,234 Retina” screens, which will certainly correspond to the future 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros respectively. For comparison, the current 13-inch MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and the 16-inch model has a 3,072 x 1,920 pixel display. So we can expect a slightly higher resolution, but that shouldn’t transform the visual experience compared to the current machines either.

iPhone 13 Pro: Which rivals from Samsung, Xiaomi or Google

iPhone 13 Pro: Which rivals from Samsung, Xiaomi or Google

While the iPhone 13 Pro is available since September 24, our team wanted to know which are its most serious competitors, from existing to upcoming models.

Among the four new iPhone 13 launched by Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro allows access to the new photo and video features promised by the apple brand. Launched from 1159 dollars in 128 GB, it will have to compete with very serious competitors in this price range.

In addition to the already known Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the new Xiaomi 11T Pro or Google Pixel 6 Pro could put it in the shade.

It is the most desirable of the four new iPhone 13 launched on September 24 by Apple. With its trio of 12-megapixel sensors and its A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone 13 Pro allows access to new photo and video functions, macro, presets applicable before a shot, or a Cinematic mode to adjust the focus on a particular subject in the middle of a shoot, all with a greatly enhanced autonomy.

Beyond these innovations, we thought it would be a good idea to compare them to existing and upcoming smartphones. Among them, we selected the Galaxy S21 Ultra from Samsung (already on the market), the 11T from Xiaomi and the Pixel 6 Pro from Google, three terminals that, with equal parameters, can claim to weigh against the iPhone 13 Pro when it comes to buying a new high-end 5G smartphone.

The most aggressive design: Xiaomi’s 11T Pro

Unveiled on September 15 (but with no official release date), the upcoming Xiaomi 11T Pro has some serious arguments to put up against the iPhone 13 Pro. Sold for 649 euros in 128 GB (510 euros less than the iPhone 13 Pro with the same capacity), it has a larger Oled screen than the iPhone 13 Pro: 6.67″, even if both screens are 120 Hz adaptive and include stereo speakers.

Xiaomi puts the package in the photo. Faced with the three 12-megapixel sensors of the iPhone 13 Pro, the 11T Pro offers the main sensor of 108 megapixels! even if the second ultra-wide-angle is content with 8 megapixels and the macro sensor of 5 megapixels. Advanced features are planned, such as a zoom with built-in special effects that looks suspiciously like Apple’s Cinematic mode.

The main argument of the Xiaomi 11T Pro is its 5,000 mAh battery, but especially its 120 W charging system. Thanks to it, the Xiaomi 11T Pro claims to be fully charged in 17 minutes, while Apple claims a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

The oldest competitor: Galaxy S21 Ultra, from Samsung

When it comes to photography, the S21 Ultra’s spec sheet surpasses that of the iPhone 13 Pro: four rear sensors (of 108, 12, 10 and 10 megapixels), compared to the iPhone’s three, offer a great deal of freedom to take pictures, with extremely detailed and accurate results. The S21 Ultra also stands out with its 40-megapixel front sensor, compared to the 12-megapixel sensor of the iPhone 13 Pro.

Eight months after its launch, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is certainly dated, but not without its qualities. And age is a good thing since its manufacturer is currently offering an immediate discount of 180 euros on its website (from 1079 euros, instead of 1259 euros). That’s 80 euros less than the iPhone 13 Pro (1159 euros in 128 GB).

With a diagonal of 6.8″, the S21 Ultra also sees bigger. And more detailed with, with contrasts of a rare intensity thanks to its Super AMOLED screen whose resolution is 3200 x 1440 pixels against 2532 x 1170 pixels for the iPhone 13 Pro, certainly of less diagonal (6.1”). However, the scanning frequency is identical on both screens: 120 Hz adaptive, which is ideal for the fluidity of video games.

For the autonomy, on the other hand, that of the iPhone 13 Pro announced to 22 hours of the video seems largely superior to that of the S21 Ultra which does not exceed 18 hours in intensive use.

The most promising: Google’s Pixel 6 Pro

Expected by the end of the year, the upcoming Pixel 6 Pro from Google should be a credible alternative to the iPhone 13 Pro. The information we’ve come across suggests that it will be a smartphone that’s good at taking pictures, but also at autonomy.

The Pixel 6 Pro and its 6.7″ 120Hz adaptive OLED screen will have three rear sensors of 50, 12 (ultra wide-angle) and 48 megapixels with 4x optical zoom. Knowing that the Mountain View company excels in image processing, it is likely that this Pixel 6 Pro will stand out in this universe.

The in-house processor, called “Tensor”, should boost the possibilities of internal calculations in artificial intelligence. We can expect a lot from it in terms of simultaneous translation, transcription of conversations into text, etc.

Regarding autonomy, the Pixel 6 Pro has planned to embark a 5,000 mAh battery, with a 33 W charging system. This is faster than the 18 W of the Pixel 5, but it is still far from the 120 W of the 11T Pro of Xiaomi! And unlike the Chinese smartphone, the new charger for the Pixel 6 Pro will probably not come in the box…

Announced by Google as “a high-end product” (it will run on Android 12), it is likely that the price of the Pixel 6T Pro will not be negligible, probably positioned around 1000 euros. The aesthetics of the smartphone, with its thick sensor bar on the back, could also be divisive.

Vaporizers:When Tech Helps Improve Health

Vaporizers:When Tech Helps Improve Health

We are probably not the first to tell you how popular vaping is. Thousands and thousands of cannabis lovers around the globe have already started using a vaporizer, and the market offers a multitude of possibilities. These products are trendy tech devices that are packing a lot of technology!

If you try to look for one on the internet, you will find hundreds of options to choose from.

With such a choice, it can be impossible to pick one. Fortunately, we know a few ways to narrow down the list of options and find your ideal choice. The secret? Just focus on precisely what you want. With all the options available to you, you’re sure to find something that matches what you’re looking for.

4 steps to choosing the right vaporizer

If you’re new to the world of vaporizers, you may not yet know what you want. After all, if you don’t know what’s on the market, how will you decide on one? There is no one vaporizer for everyone, so it’s a good thing there is so much variety. If you want to read more about the benefits of vaporization, please use this link.

To find the vaporizer that’s right for you, you can use the four steps below as a guide.

Heating method

Most people don’t know that the heating method makes all the difference in vaping. Although all of the methods below are valid for vaping, there are essential differences between them.

Conduction

Driving will be most familiar to those who are in the transition between smoking and vaping. The reason for this is that there is a heating device in contact with the herb or concentrate. As a result, the heating is more direct, but the temperatures are also higher, and possibly slight combustion of the plant matter occurs. However, this is not a problem for many people, especially since these vaporizers tend to be cheaper.

Convection

In contrast, convection does not involve contact between the heating device and the herb or concentrate. Instead, vapor is created from the hot air flowing through and around whatever you’re smoking. As a result, the vapor is much smoother on the lungs, although the flavors are lighter. Convection vaporizers are more expensive than conduction models, but you get a smoother, cleaner experience in return.

Hybrid

If you think both heating methods have their benefits, you don’t have to decide between one or the other. You see, some vaporizers use both convection and conduction to give you a smooth but powerful vape experience. Conduction gets the thing started, and convection propels it from there. It means that the effect is fast relative to pure convection, but there is no risk of possible combustion that comes with pure conduction.

Type of vaporizer

Most people are only familiar with pocket vaporizers. However, just like computers, there are options in both portable and desktop formats.

Desktop vaporizers

dry herbs can be vaporized easilyYou may not see desktop vaporizers as often as the pocket models, but you don’t forget them when you do.

Pen vaporizers

No matter how cool the desktop vaporizer is, portability matters too. Sure, pipes and bubblers are “Portable,” but the glass can break along the way, and if you’re smoking a pipe or bubbler on the street, you’ll attract attention.

On the other hand, pen vaporizers are safe in your pocket and are more durable than joints or glass. You won’t get weird looks if you vape on the street either, since they are like e-cigarettes. The basic models are cheap, much cheaper than the desktop ones, but the price goes up as the quality goes up.

Portable vaporizers

Finally, bridging the gap between the two worlds, you have the option of a portable vaporizer.

Yes, technically, pen vaporizers are also portable, but we’re talking about more durable models made to provide superior results. Instead of being pen-shaped, they have a bulkier, box-like shape. That they are shaped that way is no coincidence, as bulkier vaporizers are usually much more potent than pen-shaped ones. The most famous portable vaporizer model on the market is the Mighty vaporizer.

Finding your ideal vaporizer

All this aside, the only thing left for you to do is buy the vaporizer and try it out for yourself. Since we don’t know you, we can’t tell you which one is right for you. However, you know yourself, and now you know precisely how to choose a vaporizer. Trust yourself, listen to anyone who has tried the product, and you can make the right decision with peace of mind.

iPhone SE 2: imminent launch coming?

iPhone SE 2: imminent launch coming?

The tech press was getting excited about the coming release of the iPhone SE 2020 (sometimes rumored to be called iPhone 9), after the leak of its official name in the visual of a Belkin shell sold on its official store. In the end, the iPhone SE 2020 won’t have bothered to show its face, but that’s only the beginning. The 2nd generation iPhone SE should arrive very soon on Apple’s (virtual, confined) shelves, even in the next two weeks, and most likely around mid-April.

“While launching an affordable/entry-level mid-cycle smartphone in the context of an almost global consumer containment and unprecedented pandemic (…) Apple probably sees this as a low-volume launch,” says MarketWatch. However, given the potential of this smartphone, which, it should be remembered, is expected to be sold at a low price of around $400, it is doubtful that the firm is embarking on a low-volume launch. The iPhone XR, in particular, had broken all records in terms of sales, and this iPhone SE 2 would be sold much cheaper, allowing many people who want to acquire an iPhone to find a new one at a lower price, while taking advantage of Apple’s latest technologies.

What’s planned for the iPhone SE?

What’s new in the iPhone SE 2020? Of course, in the absence of an official launch, everything we will say here is primarily based on the many rumors about it, although, with an imminent release looming, we can be pretty sure of certain things. For instance, the next-generation iPhone SE is expected to take over the chassis of the iPhone 8 (and the iPhone 6/6S/7), with this 4.7-inch LCD panel surrounded by wide borders on the front, including a Home button with Touch ID, as well as a glass surface on the back for wireless charging. On the back is a simple photosensor, but it could be the same 12 MP wide-angle primary sensor that equips the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max. Same inside, since this new iPhone SE could opt for an A13 Bionic chip, the same one that provides the latest flagship of the Apple. Since this mobile chip is currently unmatched in terms of raw power in this sector, its presence on the iPhone SE 2020 would make it the most powerful smartphone in the world, for the least cost.

Of course, the price is still unknown, in the absence of an official launch. There are rumors that this model could be sold for around $399 across the Atlantic (excluding taxes), and therefore probably between 400 and 500 euros in our region. Besides, it could be available in three colors, black, white, and red (PRODUCT RED). The range would range around a 64 GB model, one of 128 GB, and a last one of 256 GB.

The Trump administration doesn’t want foreign equipment? Neither does China.

The Trump administration doesn’t want foreign equipment? Neither does China.

The United States may no longer be the only one to express its mistrust of foreign technologies and software openly. In an official directive to be published, the Chinese government would gradually purge its administration of non-Chinese computers and software. The operation could start as early as next year.

A major upheaval is in sight within the Chinese administration and its IT equipment. A formal directive drafted last spring and left pending, for the time being, sets out a plan to remove foreign computers and software. This measure, which would primarily serve as a response to the US sanctions against Huawei and ZTE, banned from US soil and the Trump administration, could be implemented as early as next year.

In three years, all foreign hardware and software could be eradicated, following the following replacement rates: 30% in 2020, 50% in 2021, and 20% in 2022.

Who (and what) will replace American services?

To replace foreign equipment, China could use national brands, such as the giant Lenovo, which is very well positioned in the computer sector dedicated to the world of offices, companies, or administrations. Huawei, which is developing desktop computers with ARM architecture, could also be a potential avenue for the Chinese government to explore.

Software replacement, on the other hand, is much more problematic. Lenovo (to name but a few) depends on Windows and Linux for most of its computers. China should, therefore, find a way to develop its operating system as soon as possible to equip its administration. According to several media reports, the development of a Chinese OS has been under consideration for several months and more or less coincided with the creation of the “3-5-2” directive – nicknamed after the replacement rates mentioned above. The first and foremost idea would be to equip the army (which currently uses Windows) with it to eliminate any risk of American espionage.

Microsoft, Dell, and HP on the front line

If this directive were to be applied, American brands would be the first to be impacted by being excluded from a very lucrative market, explains internation medias. No longer being able to provide hardware or software equipment to the Chinese authorities means a loss of 150 billion in revenue for Dell, HP, or Microsoft, the leading players involved. This prospect is all the more frustrating as American groups have often had to make significant investments to establish themselves in the unique market of China, especially when it comes to equipping local administrations.

For example, in 2017, Microsoft had developed a particular version of Windows 10 called “Windows 10 China Government Edition”. In particular, the latter ignored some of the OS’s features, such as synchronization on OneDrive, Microsoft’s Cloud, while leaving the Chinese authorities to use their encryption algorithms on the system. Developments that, three years later, could be wiped off the map.

VPN technology explained. How to protect yourself on the web

VPN technology explained. How to protect yourself on the web

A VPN is a secure tunnel within a network such as the Internet for example.

Understanding the concept of tunnel

To represent what a computer tunnel is, think of a network as large pipes that run in all directions, to every computers. Water flows through these pipes.
Now, let’s imagine that I slide a rubber hose inside these pipes to go from one computer to another. You understand that the water that passes through the inside of this rubber hose:

  • does not mix with the rest of the water in the pipes
  • is not accessible to other pipes that are not connected to this hose.

Here’s how it could be represented: the water from the network cannot enter the pipe (VPN) and therefore cannot mix with the water in the tunnel. More on this website!

How does a VPN work? How to create this VPN tunnel?

First of all, to create this tunnel, you’re going to need a dedicated software. This software will manage the encryption and decryption of the data. This is link to cryptography. In this software, there will be two parts: a client software and a server software. This server software can be found in different ways: (the client software is always in adequacy with the server software).

vpn tech explained

  1. It can be integrated into the company’s firewall. It is a widespread solution in companies.
  2. It is also possible to install a server dedicated to the VPN. (There are vpn payant comparatif or free solutions available on the market. One of the most famous free VPN software is probably OpenVPN).

There may be unique connections on your computers that will transform your computers into VPN servers. (this is not new because it was already integrated into Windows XP).
It is also possible to install VPN boxes or routers. (these boxes will be dedicated or have several roles).
And finally, to surf the Internet (i.e., connect to the Internet in encrypted form), you can (must) use VPN servers such as ExpressVPN.

How to connect to the VPN?

The client will then connect to the VPN in several possible ways:

  • With the software installed on the client computer,
  • By a secure browsing browser (https) or using a plugin integrated into the browser. (a plugin is a tool that runs in the browser)
  • By another box (a bit like the VPN server box).
  • In general, the client software will ask the user for a login and password to confirm his identity.

But there may also be other possible authentication modes such as tokens*, smart cards, single password tokens.
And we can sometimes ask for both: login + token, we talk about double authentication.

– A token: translated as “token,” will guarantee that the customer is who he claims to be and that he is not a pirate. Because this token is unique, and the server recognises the one who owns it.

– Tokens with a unique password, whether physical boxes or smartphones (software installed on a smartphone or computer), are tools that give a code that changes regularly. Without the correspondence between this code and the server: it is not possible to connect.

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Project Catalyst: porting iPad applications to macOS

Project Catalyst: porting iPad applications to macOS

The Catalyst project, which leaks and indiscretions had named Marzipan, aims to allow less effort to port an iPad application to macOS (and not the other way around) or to develop an app only once for the two platforms that are macOS and iPadOS.

Historically, the programs of the iPad are based on a base called AppKit, while those of the macOS second ones use the UIKit framework.

Not for all applications

It is necessary to be aware that not all iPad applications – even the good ones in the Apple sense – are called to be ported to macOS. Either because their design is too closely linked to iOS/iPad OS, or because their developer does not see the point.

Other developers, on the other hand, showed more enthusiasm. It is a perfect solution to avoid specific security problems, to offer a fast and focused experience, much more than on the Web.

In the end, beyond the question of ease and technical feasibility, the issue of the relevance of carrying a whole set of applications will arise. A question that proves that the two types of devices are not equal, at least in the perception of the public and developers. It is probably also what Apple will have to fix if it wants to make Catalyst a success.

In three simple steps

The first step is to check a box in Xcode.

The second is both obvious and much more complicated to implement. You need to have “a good iPad application.” Note, iPad, and not iOS or iPhone. It in itself is a reasonable justification for the introduction of the iPadOS name. If the iPhone and iPad both have touch screens, it would be a mistake to put them in the same basket. iPadOS is the new missing link between iOS and macOS.

A “good iPad application” complies with Apple’s technical recommendations and displays the cleanest code possible. It also means that the developer has made sure that his program can adapt to different screen sizes – 7.9, to 12.9 inches. In short, assuming that the developer has done everything at best over the months and updates, step two is a win-win.

Then comes the third step, and that’s where things get potentially complicated. This last step concerns the “finishing touches.” In other words, make sure the iPad interface is ideally suited for Macs.

Other projects, an ambitious goal?

It will be necessary to wait until autumn and the release of macOS Catalina to get an idea. Will the arrival of iPad applications on our Macs produce a wavelet or tidal wave? Apple weighs all its weight to make sure that everything goes well, even if it is evident that this tool is there to serve a transition phase.

The introduction of SwiftUI, a framework that allows developing an application in a very intuitive and straightforward way by automatically generating large parts of the code, is also an effort in this direction. SwiftUI also offers choices of interface and information formatting, which will thus become de facto standards. However, adapting a similar standard to two platforms is the best.

The stakes behind Catalyst are high. Beyond the enhancement of the software offered on Mac, it is difficult not to consider the arrival of Mac under ARM in the more or less long term. Apple is preparing the ground gently, at its own pace, step by step, once again.

How is Japan preparing for cyber threats targeting the 2020 Summer Olympics?

How is Japan preparing for cyber threats targeting the 2020 Summer Olympics?

While large companies, political representatives and individuals remain the main targets of hackers, international sporting events stay in their line of sights. It is evident by the cyber-attacks observed during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea when Olympic Destroyer malware infiltrated computer systems shortly before the opening ceremony, not to mention the piracy attempt during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

That is why the Japanese authorities are currently on the alert about a year before the Games of the XXXIIᵉ Modern Olympiad, held in Tokyo from Friday 24 July to Sunday 9 August 2020. Author of a post published in the columns of The Cipher Brief, analyst Nathan Ryan warns of the risks of attacks that could affect the Land of the Rising Sun during this particular period.

Testing vulnerabilities to better protect the nation

Mr. Ryan believes that the weapons of foreign services are sophisticated enough to defeat the defence systems of a country such as Japan. The latter also drew up a highly controversial defence plan at the end of January 2019, which consists of hacking 200 million connected devices belonging to its citizens. An experimental project that would aim here to test the nation’s computer vulnerability, as many fears that hackers would abuse IoT devices come from the government.

In the meantime, the island country will have the opportunity to test its cyber-defences during the Rugby World Cup  2019. This ninth edition will be a life-size test that should not be taken lightly before the next major sporting event.

Too much technological dependence?

Japan will indeed focus on advanced technologies, both for security and media coverage. Objective: to spread its technological know-how throughout the world. “Japan intends to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games the most innovative and technologically advanced sporting event of all time,” Japan Today said in an article published last year.

But this dependence on technology has a logical weakness: cybersecurity. Too vulnerable infrastructures would lead to an IT disaster in the event of successful attacks. Heavy financial losses, disruption of events, massive theft of personal data (spectators and top athletes), the image of the degraded country: all these are dramatic consequences to be considered.

For Nathan Ryan, pirate groups would focus on specific targets, such as transport and broadcasting networks, or electrical and broadcasting systems. Most importantly, the most likely perpetrators of this type of operation, in addition to hacktivists and cyberterrorists, would be foreign intelligence services, according to the analyst.

In 2018, attention turned to Russia following the deployment of the Olympic Destroyer, due to the ban on participation issued against Russian sportsmen and women due to doping. Japan, on the other hand, has maintained stormy relations with China for several decades, following geopolitical conflicts over the allocation of islands in the Pacific.

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