Pro-Russian hacker group may have attacked Japanese government website

A pro-Russian hacker group says it has attacked a Japanese government website.

The Killnet group posted a message on social media shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Japan time, saying it attacked the "e-Gov" portal site run by the government.

NHK tried to access the site, and found part of it temporarily inaccessible.

The Cabinet's cybersecurity center has launched an investigation.

According to the Digital Agency and the internal affairs ministry, "e-Gov" provides administrative information from government organizations. The site also allows the public to take various procedures online, such as filing for registration and making applications.

The agency has been in charge of the site since September 2021, taking over from the internal affairs ministry.