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Stolen NASA laptop contained space station control codes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Mar 2012 14:03 User comments (8)

Stolen NASA laptop contained space station control codes According to the findings of an internal investigation, a laptop stolen from NASA last year contained International Space Station command codes, a potentially devastating finding.
The laptop had no encryption either, and is just one of many devices lost or stolen in the past few years from NASA which contained sensitive info.

Says NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin: "The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station."

All in all, 48 agency devices were stolen or lost between April 2009 and April 2011. Most of the devices contained personal info, third party IP and other sensitive info. Additionally, in 2010 and 2011 NASA "experienced 5,408 computer security incidents that resulted in unauthorized access to systems or the installation of unauthorized software, costing the agency an estimated $7 million," says CBS.

The numbers, while shocking, may not, be the full extent either: "NASA cannot consistently measure the amount of sensitive data exposed when employee notebooks are lost or stolen because the agency relies on employees to self-report regarding the lost data rather than determining what was stored on the devices by reviewing backup files."

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8 user comments

11.3.2012 15:31

Great... So now all the person that stole the laptop needs to do is get there. =)

21.3.2012 15:31

Oh wait... You can't even get there from the U.S. anymore. LOL.

31.3.2012 15:35

Shame..........while I look at the "Vagina Tape" ad by Google right above this box I'm typing in..........I can only think "Shame" and "hopefully the Chinese don't get a hold of this".


I'm also thinking..........What the Hell is vagina tape?"

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Mar 2012 @ 15:36

41.3.2012 17:45

Originally posted by hearme0:
Shame..........while I look at the "Vagina Tape" ad by Google right above this box I'm typing in..........I can only think "Shame" and "hopefully the Chinese don't get a hold of this".


I'm also thinking..........What the Hell is vagina tape?"
You did not really get a "Vagina Tape" ad here on AfterDawn did you? please send me a screenshot and i'll forward to the appropriate department.

51.3.2012 19:56

Originally posted by hearme0:
Shame..........while I look at the "Vagina Tape" ad by Google right above this box I'm typing in..........I can only think "Shame" and "hopefully the Chinese don't get a hold of this".


I'm also thinking..........What the Hell is vagina tape?"
LOL Vagina Tape when you get one and need to repair a tear.

61.3.2012 20:20

Just wonder if the thieves knew they had the codes before this story got released?

71.3.2012 20:42

if not, they do now.

82.3.2012 13:55

vagina tape you say?been looking all over for that.LMAO

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