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Japan’s space agency was unaware it suffered cyber attack

Tokyo, Nov 29 (EFE).- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency was the target of a cyber attack last summer of which it was unaware until police notified it Wednesday.

The origin and the extent of the attack are still unknown, but it is possible that after unauthorized access to the central server that manages the agency’s network, information on space technology, as well as personal data of executives and employees, may have been compromised.

The agency is working with Japan’s Science and Technology Ministry to confirm the intrusion route and security system vulnerabilities, although they do not fear a leak of “highly confidential” information.

“(The agency) confirms that they have not accessed sensitive information on rockets and missiles,” government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said Wednesday morning, before requesting “measures,” during the press conference after the government session.

A bill was also presented to establish a fund of JPY1 trillion (about $6.79 billion) that should be used for the agency to work on promoting the national space industry and strengthening its cybersecurity.

The space agency was the target of cyberattacks in 2016 and 2018 by China, which appeared to seek classified information for the Chinese government. EFE

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