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tlr online
27-08-08, 00:01
A computer worm that ferrets out passwords managed to stow away on laptops aboard the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed. It is not the first time a NASA computer has become infected.

SpaceReg.com identified the infection as W32.TGammima.AG, a worm that spreads by copying itself to removable media devices. Once in place, it steals passwords to various online games, according to anti-virus software provider Symantec, which first spotted the worm 12 months ago.

"This is not the first time we have had a worm or a virus," a NASA spokesman told Wired News. "It's not a frequent occurrence, but this isn't the first time."

The infected machines were not considered mission critical, meaning they weren't responsible for command and control. The NASA spokesman was unable to say if the infected laptops were connected to mission-critical systems.

Exactly how computers aboard the tightly controlled space station get infected by a common internet parasite is a bit of a head scratcher. Because more than one laptop was infected, it's reasonable to assign blame to an internal network or thumb drive. Then again, floating around in outer space can be a lonely experience, so other forces may have been at work.

el Reg (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/26/nasa_laptops_infected/)

rickybazire
27-08-08, 00:08
Oh, how silly...:o

Angel666
27-08-08, 00:09
Holy crap! :yik: If NASA can't keep the bugs out what hope is there for the rest of us? :p

lararoxs
27-08-08, 00:14
They really need to get a better anti virus sofware!

Endow
27-08-08, 00:32
What, NASA doesn't use Unix?!

rickybazire
27-08-08, 00:49
What, NASA doesn't use Unix?!

Also, they don't use Norton Internet Security? For me, that does wonders.

TRexbait
27-08-08, 01:00
Wow, the people at the space station play games with their work computers. :p

ahh well. everyone makes slip ups.

star-dust
27-08-08, 01:13
Ha, how ironic.

Little-Lara
27-08-08, 02:51
Ohh my.

I hope they are able to fix them before it's too late.

Gabi
27-08-08, 10:12
Then again, floating around in outer space can be a lonely experience, so other forces may have been at work.


LOL :D
So much for high security.

Drone
27-08-08, 10:16
morons. virus makers should get a life :wve:

rowanlim
27-08-08, 10:26
I didn't think such a thing was possible except in the Transformer movie :p

I hope they get it fixed soon, we ought to get a gun & shoot the person who started the virus trend.

Goose
27-08-08, 10:38
I didn't think such a thing was possible except in the Transformer movie :p

I hope they get it fixed soon, we ought to get a gun & shoot the person who started the virus trend.

It was probably bill gates, so we would have to replace our computers and components more often then we should need to!