The Japanese government is planning to develop a cyber defense network in cooperation with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"The move comes amid a series of cyber attacks against Web sites of government offices and corporations in many countries," The Yomiuri Shimbun reports. "Under the system, the government intends to share information about cyber-attack patterns and technology to defend against the attacks. It also plans to carry out exercises to verify the effectiveness of the system within the current fiscal year. The 10 countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, agreed to establish the network because many of the recent attacks are believed to have come from China, observers said."

"In particular, the government plans to construct a system to facilitate communication between officials in charge of online security in each country so they can share information about attacks," writes ZDNet's Ellyne Phneah. "It will also be possible for the countries to take joint counter-measures when one of them is attacked ... More details of the network will be discussed at the international working-level consultation on information security in Tokyo on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 later this week, the sources added."

"ASEAN countries are said to often be under-prepared when it comes to cyber-defense as they have not kept up with the increased and advanced uses of computers in governments and offices that come with economic development," writes The Japan Daily Press' Adam Westlake. "Because of this, ASEAN countries are often the victims of cyber-attacks, and observers note that they are often appear as sources of attacks when other countries route their activities through servers to hide their true locations."