JAXA Rocket Info Stolen By Virus
On November 30th, Japan's space agency reported that information about one of it's new rockets was stolen from a PC by a computer virus. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) claimed the virus was discovered on a computer in their Tsukuba Space Center while it was collecting data and sending it to an external location. The virus was detected by antivirus software on November 21st, and they conducted an emergency virus sweep which found no other infected computers. On
It's unclear currently whether this was an intentional cyberattack or a random incident. Japanese defense companies have recently been targetted by similar viruses (some of which were traced back to China), so it is possible that this is a related attack.
The rocket info stolen was about the Epsilon rocket which is a solid-fuel rocket still under development. This rocket is only intended for satellite and space probe uses, however it has the potential for military use. This rocket is planned for launch in approximately one year and will possible to control remotely via PC.
JAXA is still planning to investigate the incident further and has issued pulbic apologies for the information leak. They are now implementing stricter security policies to prevent future incidents. This is not the first time there has been an incident like this at JAXA. Last year an employee infected a comptuer with a virus by clicking a link in an email which led to some non-secret images and about a thousand email addresses.