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KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Kyodo Press reports on the roots of the phishing attempt upon Kawasaki Heavy Industries, another major defense contractor affected by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cyber-security scare

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Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Daily Yomiuri reports that data on Japan's Type-80 air-to-ship missile was among data stolen in 300,000 unauthorized access attempts made to a server at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries site in Komaki, Aichi.

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Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Japanese research into small satellites using aircraft as launch platforms is moving forward.

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Japan-ASEAN Summit on cyberwarfare countermeasures

Japan-ASEAN Summit on cyberwarfare countermeasures

While it seems that Sino-Japan relations are on an upward trajectory,1 the degree of concern about China’s behaviour has not necessarily declined throughout East Asia. Today the Yomiuri Shimbun has reported (jp) that Japan will host a meeting with ASEAN with a view to strengthening cyberwarfare countermeasures cooperation – and the article suggests there will be...

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Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

That is the question raised in the Sydney Morning Herald today. According to a cable leaked exclusively to the SMH,  a secret foreign intelligence service “modelled on Western intelligence services such as the CIA, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Britain’s MI6″ has been created as part of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office –...

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Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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Japan – China Confrontation: one more round

- China called on Japan to offer compensation for the detention of the Chinese ship captain, Zhan Qixiong. A declaration by China’s Foreign Ministry on the captain’s arrest stated that Japan had “flagrantly violated the territorial and sovereign rights of China and the human rights of its citizens.” It continued, “The Chinese government proclaims its...

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4 Japanese held by China

Four Japanese nationals have been held by Japan on suspicion of “filming military targets”. According to the Associated Press, the four have not been identified, but are suspected of being employees of the Fujita Corporation. The authorities accuse the Japanese of entering a military zone without authorization in Hebei province, the capital of which is...

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Japanese SAR satellite on the fritz

Japan has four spy satellites in orbit. The satellites, commissioned to keep track of North Korea’s missile program, were launched in the mid to late 2000s.  Three of the satellites are optical satellites. Japan’s only synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, No. 2, has apparently lost power. According to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, the No....

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Flash drives + P2P software = career-enders

A MSDF officer apparently brought the wrong kind of work home and is facing disciplinary action. The officer, a lieutenant commander in his 30s, is in charge of aircraft maintenance at the MSDF’s Atsugi Air Station in Kanagawa Prefecture. He had copied the document onto a personal USB flash memory device and stored it on...

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