An image of a Japanese agricultural college is seen in this handout photo taken by Reuters on June 24, 2017.
Japan’s largest agriculture university has posted a message to students warning them about the possibility of a potential cyberattack by North Korea, which the country accuses of hacking its nuclear and missile programs.
The warning comes a day after the nation’s main university, Chiba University, issued a similar warning on Twitter and Facebook, saying it could be the next step in the country’s ongoing cyberwar with the North.
Chiba University and other leading Japanese universities have been targeted by North Korean hackers in the past, including the country in 2014, and have not been immune to the cyberattack this time around, but the university said on Tuesday it had not received a cyberattack from North Korea and had not seen any unusual behavior.
“We have no reason to suspect anything but we have to be alert to cyber threats,” Chiba university president Satoshi Shigemura told a news conference, according to the Japan Times.
“But, we can’t ignore the possibility.”
The university also said it would be sending a team to Seoul on Thursday to discuss the threat posed by North Koreans, but did not provide further details.
Chibo University, a state-run institution, said in a statement that it had been warned by Chiba in August that North Korea could attack the university’s computer network in order to gain access to sensitive data.
The university said it was not aware of any cyberattack and had no plans to change its security posture, the Associated Press reported.
The university said in the statement that the cyberattacks “were probably planned by North Koreas hostile military forces to gain information about the university” and “to launch a coordinated cyberattack.”
It said Chiba and other universities had been the target of several cyberattacks in the last few years and that its “procedures to mitigate such attacks are well-established and widely used by other universities around the world.”
“We take these events seriously and will cooperate with the government in order for Chiba to continue to operate as a safe environment,” the university wrote.