Cyberattack targets the Japan Space Agency

By Saba Shafiq

| Published Nov 30, 2023 | 03:46 a.m.

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

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spokeswoman stated, "There was a possibility of unauthorised 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 performing an internal inquiry, the space agency became aware of the prospect of unauthorised access, according to a spokeswoman who declined to reveal the identity of the organization.

The representative stated that the inquiry is still underway.

According to reports from Japanese media on Wednesday, the cyberattack happened in the summer and the police found out about it this fall, informing JAXA. The event was initially reported by the daily Yomiuri.