IG finds more than 5,400 cybersecurity incidents at NASA

A March 2011 theft of an unencrypted laptop computer that had the codes used to command and control the International Space Station was one of 5,408 cybersecurity incidents NASA reported during the past two years, according to NASA Inspector General Paul Martin, Florida Today reported.

The incidents, which include the installation of malicious software and unauthorized access to NASA systems, have caused major disruptions and cost millions in missing equipment and repairs, the article said.

Since 2010, the IG said incidents have included a NASA center releasing to the public 10 surplus computers connected to the space shuttle program that weren't properly sanitized and may have contained sensitive data, intruders stealing credentials for more than 150 NASA employees in one cyberattack, while another intrusion gave hackers access to key information and user accounts at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., the story said.

Defense Systems Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.