Press Release


Investigation Result of JAXA Computer Virus Infection Incident

February 19, 2013 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Regarding the computer virus infection incident announced in our press release on November 30, 2012, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has investigated the cause in cooperation with a research firm specializing in such matters.
The following are our investigation results.

(1) JAXA confirmed that no virus infection was detected in all other computer terminals except the said virus-infected computer terminal (hereinafter called “the said terminal.”)
(2) Virus infection to the said terminal occurred on March 17, 2011. The cause of the infection was e-mail spoofing dated March 15, 2011.
(3) Access from the said terminal to an outside malicious website was detected between March 17, 2011 and November 21, 2012. The communication volume and contents were unknown, and we cannot deny the possibility that information has been leaked from the said terminal.
(4) JAXA thoroughly investigated all the files stored in the said terminal, and confirmed that JAXA’s smooth operations would not be hampered even if some information was leaked to outside from the said terminal.
(5) JAXA also confirmed that the possibility of leakage of information stored in other terminals than the said terminal was extremely low through detailed analysis and investigation.

JAXA takes this incident very seriously, thus we have further strengthened our information security by fundamentally reviewing the information system and enhancing operational rules and employee education for information security in order not to let this happen again.