[ISN] Japan space hackers nabbed for spying

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Date: Fri May 31 2002 - 05:09:01 PDT

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    May 30, 2002
    TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Three workers at a major Japanese aerospace
    company have been arrested for allegedly hacking into the computer
    network of Japan's space agency to spy on a rival company.
    Shunsuke Migita, 28, Shoichi Motohashi, 44, and Masao Amano, 40 -- all
    employees at NEC Toshiba Space System Co. -- were charged with
    illegally obtaining Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s antenna designs for a
    high-speed Internet satellite from a computer at the National Space
    Development Agency (NASDA) in December, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police
    spokesman said on Thursday.
    Police believe Migita figured out the password to gain access to the
    agency's computer system.
    NASDA discovered the breach in February when Migita sent an e-mail to
    a list of more than 80 people boasting about it. The list included
    Motohashi and Amano, the agency said.
    NEC Toshiba Space System, a joint venture set up by Japanese
    electronics giants NEC Corp. and Toshiba Corp., is developing its own
    satellite for superfast Internet connections. NEC and Toshiba have
    evenly divided work on the project.
    Following the discovery of the break-in, NASDA banned both NEC and
    Toshiba from bidding for agency-related projects for one month.
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