http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSSpace0202/14_space-ap.html Thursday, February 14, 2002 TOKYO (AP) -- An aerospace company employee hacked into the computer network of Japan's space agency in order to spy on a rival firm, an official said Thursday. The worker for NEC Toshiba Space System Co. illegally accessed Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s antenna designs for a high-speed Internet satellite in December last year, said National Space Development Agency of Japan spokesman Junichi Moriuma. Japan's space agency will punish NEC Toshiba Space System by barring it from entering bids for contracts for one month, Moriuma said. But he added the agency does not plan to file criminal charges against the employee, who was not identified. Moriuma said NEC Toshiba Space System and Mitsubishi Electric are jointly developing the satellite, with each company handling a different part of the project. The agency discovered the hacking when the employee sent an e-mail boasting about the break-in to a mailing list that included 10 members of his company and a space agency employee, Moriuma said. Moriuma said the employee apparently figured out a password to access the computer. He declined to discuss further details. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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