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Hackers gained "full functional control" of key Nasa computers in 2011, the agency's inspector general has told US lawmakers.


Paul K Martin said hackers took over Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) computers and "compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users".


He said the attack, involving Chinese IP addresses, was under investigation.


In a statement, Nasa said it had "made significant progress to protect the agency's IT systems".

To read the full article, click here.
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He also noted that "between April 2009 and April 2011, Nasa reported the loss or theft of 48 Agency mobile computing devices".

There's your problem. Keep better track of your stuff.
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Hack the Gibson.
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He said that the attackers had "full system access" and would have been able to "modify, copy, or delete sensitive files" or "upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other Nasa systems".

Mr Martin outlined how the agency suffered "5,408 computer security incidents" between 2010 and 2011.

I guess we'll never know the extent of these things, because the article makes it sound like NASA JPL got entirely penetrated but there are no details (probably for good reason). I always feel like saying "And, what? What does that mean?" when I read these articles.

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to take out of that because the details are so sparse.
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Why is the NASA computer's in the control room even connected to the internet?
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Why is the NASA computer's in the control room even connected to the internet?

because nasa is sloppy sometimes
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Why is the NASA computer's in the control room even connected to the internet?

This^. Its always amazes me how ignorant of security even our most advanced government and scientific bodies are.
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This^. Its always amazes me how ignorant of security even our most advanced government and scientific bodies are.

To be fair, these are rocket scientists. Having dealt with rocket scientists extensively, I can report that common sense is an uncommon virtue among that demographic.
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Hack the Gibson.

Epic quote from an epic movie thumb.gif
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Why is the NASA computer's in the control room even connected to the internet?

Why? Well, so they can update their twitter accounts with latest news about classified information of course! Why else? tongue.gif
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