Japan Says Chinese Military Likely Behind Cyberattacks

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo taken from video, Japan's Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, H-2B rocket lifts off from a launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, southern Japan. The Japanese government said Tuesday that Tokyo police are investigating cyberattacks on about 200 companies and research organizations in Japan, including one on the country’s JAXA space agency by a hacking group linked to the Chinese military.(AP Photo/JAXA via AP video,File)

(AP) — Tokyo police are investigating cyberattacks on about 200 Japanese companies and research organizations, including the country’s space agency, by a hacking group believed to be linked to the Chinese military.

The government says police have forwarded the case involving attacks on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to prosecutors for further investigation. It says police believe a series of hacks of JAXA were conducted in 2016-2017 by “Tick,” a Chinese cyberattack group under the direction of a unit of the People’s Liberation Army.

Japan’s Defense Ministry says cyberattacks are part of rising security threats from China as it becomes more assertive in the region.


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