Japanese space agency admits rocket data may have been compromised


By Ida Torres Japan Daily Press December 3rd, 2012

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) admitted last Friday that data regarding an experimental rocket has been possibly stolen through the use of a computer virus that infected one agency computer. In the announcement, JAXA says that a computer at its Tsukuba Space Center northeast of Tokyo was found to be secretly collecting data and transmitting the stolen data outside of the agency.

The space agency discovered on November 21 that a computer virus was behind the data leak and conducted an emergency scanning of all agency computers. No other computer was found to be compromised and the infected computer was promptly taken out of the network. The agency is unsure whether this is a random prank or a directed cyber attack. Recently, Japanese defense companies have been the target of similar incidents, some of which have been traced to China.


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