Japan’s Space Agency Hit by Cyberattacks, No Sensitive Data Breached

Japan’s space agency, JAXA, has been targeted by multiple cyberattacks but officials confirmed Friday that no sensitive information was compromised. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi reported that JAXA has faced several cyberattacks since late last year, and that the agency has investigated the breaches, shut down affected networks, and confirmed that no classified information regarding rockets, satellites, or national security was accessed.

The logo of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Source: Kyodo News via AP

Hayashi emphasized Japan’s commitment to strengthening its cybersecurity measures. Despite Japan’s accelerated military buildup in response to China’s growing military strength, experts believe Tokyo will continue relying on the United States to launch long-range missiles.

Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said that the cyberattacks on JAXA did not impact his ministry but emphasized ongoing vigilance. Education and Science Minister Masahito Moriyama also confirmed that no actual damage resulted from the attacks.

JAXA is collaborating with the government’s cybersecurity team to implement preventive measures. Despite these cyberattacks, JAXA has achieved significant milestones this year, including the successful lunar landing of its Smart Lander for Investigating Moon in January and the successful orbit of the H3 rocket in February. A third H3 flight is scheduled for June 30.