NASA was hacked 13 times last year

NASA  was  hacked  13  times  last  year

NASA ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration ) , an independent agency of United States Government which is responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research was hacked 13 times last year.

General Paul Martin, Inspector of NASA confirmed that hackers broke into its computer systems 13 times last year. The Space Agency noticed in November of last year that hackers working through an Internet Protocol address from China broke into the network of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Hackers gained the full system access and involved in stealing of NASA employee credentials and also gaining access to mission-critical projects in breaches that could compromise the national security of United States.The Hackers stole more than 150 NASA Employee’s accessing credentials of NASA systems.

 

Martin said that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration spends only $58 million of its $1.5 billion annual IT budget on cyber security. He also said they gained full system access, which allowed them to modify, copy, or delete sensitive files, create user accounts for mission-critical JPL systems and upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other NASA systems. They were also able to modify system logs to conceal their actions. The agency has moved too slowly to encrypt or scramble the data on its laptop computers to protect information from falling into the wrong hands. Unencrypted notebook computers that have been lost or stolen include ones containing codes for controlling the International Space Station as well as sensitive data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs and Social Security numbers, Martin said.