November 29, 2023
Japan’s space agency was hit by cyberattacks even as hackers failed to access sensitive information about rockets and satellite operations, a spokesperson revealed Wednesday (Nov 29). “There was a possibility of unauthorized access by exploiting the vulnerability of network equipment,” the spokesperson at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was quoted as saying by Reuters. However, the official declined to elaborate on details, such as when did the attack take place.
JAXA got to know about the attack after an external organisation conducted an internal audit, as per the spokesperson.
In August, China-backed hackers were held responsible by Japan for a months-long cyberattack campaign, in which Japan’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) was targeted.
A spokesperson for the JAXA said a detailed investigation is going on into the hacking attempt and it was not revealed who could be orchestrating this.