Press Release


Unauthorized Access of JAXA Server

April 23, 2013 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) found that on April 18 an unauthorized outsider accessed a JAXA server that is connected to the Internet.
We are currently investigating the cause and impact of the access.

  1. Information accessed by the outsider
    - Reference information used for operation preparations for the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” at the International Space Station.
    - Multiple numbers of mailing lists of personnel related to Kibo operations.

  2. Status that has been clarified to date
    JAXA found an access record from a suspicious IP address when we carried out a regular check on the communication record of the server in question on April 18. We immediately disconnected the server from the network, and investigated the situation to find out that unauthorized access was made in the middle of the night of April 17. We are further examining the cause and impact of this incident.
    The information accessed this time was not directly linked to the Kibo's operation, thus we have confirmed that the incident has not affected operations.

  3. Countermeasures
    The incident is really reglettable and JAXA will do our best to swiftly find the cause through a thorough investigation as we consider this a grave act. We will also further strive to strengthen our information security to avoid a recurrence.