Malware steals information rockets Space Agency of Japan
November 30 Today we celebrate the day of information security, an event in which we reflect on safety and risks to corporate information or our personal data. In recent months, cases like that of the President of France and the attack on the PlayStation Network users have made individuals, businesses and governments to keep in mind how important it is to ensure the security of their information systems. However, despite the threats, are still cases in institutions around the world and, in fact, the last known case was the Space Agency of Japan, after suffering a malware attack , has seen leaked confidential information about their rockets.
Not the first time we know of cyber attacks and cyber espionage cases occurred in Japan, for example, some contractors have been attacked military and intelligence have found malware on their systems, which in some cases has led them to look to China.
In this case, the root cause is still unknown but, as reported by the Japanese space agency itself, a virus was found on a computer Tsukuba Space Center (located northwest of Tokyo), according to official sources, has been gathering information and sending it to recipients outside the space agency. The threat was detected by an antivirus on 21 November and, after cleaning, was audited on site to verify that there were no other infected computers.
So where is the problem? The problem is that this malware has been the escape route information on the new space rocket Japan, Epsilon, an intelligent rocket is still being developed and would be based on solid fuel. At first glance, one might think that this leak is not as serious as it is space research and rockets are used to launch satellites into orbit, however, the new Epsilon rocket also has its side for military use and is also the basis of a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles (hence the problem with all these leaks). In addition, another feature of this rocket, which is scheduled for first launch in the fall of 2013, is that work by remote control from Earth, could remotely piloted.
For now JAXA, which is the name of the Japanese Space Agency, has not confirmed that they are to a cibertaque or espionage operation orchestrated by a foreign country and are investigating the incident.Tags: cyberattacks, Japan, Japanese space agency, malware