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Resumption of search system on the satellite image search and order system server, “CROSS-EX,” and final report about unauthorized access to RESTEC’s server

2013-11-01

As a result of security vulnerabilities, there was an incident of unauthorized access into “CROSS-EX,” the satellite image search and order system server operated by RESTEC and we have conducted investigation into the impact of the unauthorized access immediately. The following is a summary of the investigation and information for resumption of the search system.

Resumption of search system

The satellite image date “search” system will resume from 1 November (11:00 JST).

Satellite image data search system (CROSS-EX):https://cross-ex.info/en/
For ordering and payment functions, these are still suspending the operation and we kindly ask you to place an order via e-mail, fax, and telephone using order forms:http://www.alos-restec.jp/public/ALOSordersheet_20130927.xls

Results of investigation

The investigation was conducted with the cooperation of the relevant entities, obtained through submitting notification about the matter to them. These entities included the system developer, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD), the Security Center of the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), and the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT). As a result, we uncovered the full details about the unauthorized access into CROSS-EX, but we verified that no secondary damage had been incurred to the customer who have accessed to CROSS-EX. However, we also concluded that it was not possible to identify the all information that had leaked out as a result of the unauthorized access (please refer to the appendix for details). As of the current point in time, we have not received any reports from our customers pertaining to damages arising as a result of this incident.

We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience regarding this matter.

Future inquiries for search and order

Business Strategy and Development Office, Solution Service Department, RESTEC
TEL: +81-(0)3-6435-6789 (Opening hours: Weekdays 9:30 – 17:30 JST)
E-mail:data@restec.or.jp

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