[ISN] Japan space agency hacked

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Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 02:03:45 PST

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    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.
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