Cyberattack targets Japan Space Agency, preventing access to rocket and satellite data

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Cyberattack targets Japan Space Agency, preventing access to rocket and satellite data
Cyberattack targets Japan Space Agency, preventing access to rocket and satellite data

JAXA was the target of a cyberattack; however, no sensitive data related to satellite and rocket operations was exploited.

A spokesman for Japan’s space agency said on Wednesday that although the agency was the target of a cyberattack, no sensitive data related to satellite and rocket operations was taken advantage of.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spokesperson stated, “There was a possibility of unauthorized access by exploiting the vulnerability of network equipment,” but she would not go into specifics about the attack’s timing.

After receiving information from an external organization and conducting an internal investigation, the space agency became aware of the possibility of unauthorized access, according to a spokesperson who declined to reveal the identity of the organization.

The spokesperson stated that the investigation is still ongoing.

According to media reports on Wednesday, the cyberattack happened in the summer, and the police found out about it this fall, informing JAXA.

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