Targeting of Japanese businesses and research groups
Date of report
  • April 2021
A Chinese-sponsored threat actor known as Tick is believed to have breached hundreds of businesses and research institutes in Japan, including the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The threat actor is believed to have gained access to the businesses through a compromised rental server.
Suspected victims
  • Over two hundred Japanese businesses and research institutes
Suspected state sponsor
  • China
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Private sector
  • Civil society
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response