NASA cybersecurity report: ISS, Hubble, Shuttle vulnerable when hackers penetrated NASA network

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9 Responses to “NASA cybersecurity report: ISS, Hubble, Shuttle vulnerable when hackers penetrated NASA network”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering why this story did not attract the attention that Gary McKinnon did?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had the good fortune to attend a Hubble Anniversary shindig five or six years ago at the Smithsonian. It was an honor to be able to meet and talk with the engineers and scientists who keep the HST flying; but I must say that when I talked to some of NASA’s IT people about security practices and sustainable program development my opinions were not well received.

    I think they get so caught up in the wonderful things they are able to do that they don’t want to descend into the pessimistic mindset that is necessary for good security. They like Java far too much, also; OO languages are more difficult to secure because the components are so abstracted from raw bits and bytes. But they may be making the right decision by concentrating on doing constructive things rather than spending all their time building walls to keep destructive people at bay. At this point, they are achieving so much that I tend to support their attitude even though I don’t share it.

    As for “why is that stuff accessible from the Internet”, well, I have personally seen a Hubble engineer get an emergency call, whip out his laptop, and take control of the guidance and imaging systems (presumably averting some sort of catastrophe) from his in-laws living room during a holiday. Heavily encrypted VPN, of course. Connectivity is not a bad thing in and of itself, science itself depends on widespread communication.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Everybody knows that Howard Wolowitz is responsible for the 2009 NASA hacking.It’s all been quite well documented.

  4. genre slur says:

    Any care to speculate on the content of 22Gigs of data?

  5. Anonymous says:

    My crystal ball sees management shifting blame onto the admins.

    Oh screw the ball, its right there on the cover page.

  6. Anonymous says:

    why on earth is that stuff accessible via the internet at all. what the hell.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m not saying the hacking did not take place but I highly doubt that the system and the info on it was anything close to being truly classified data. Why?

    1 – Assume that the proposed image of government as being dumb or ignorant or a bunch of old guys too dumb to not be hacked by the younger generation is a façade.

    2 – Sun Tzu’s ART OF WAR clearly states that disinformation is key to a victory so you better believe that the military, the government and all related agencies public and private engage in disinformation to keep the public at bay and in particular, the smart would be hackers form trying to hack the real systems

    3 – Does anyone really believe that mission critical systems with truly restricted information would be hooked to the internet? The proposed image of being “Dumb enough to do x” that the government and its agencies project is meant to convince people that the government isn’t smart enough to know better than to do this kind of thing. Again, ART OF WAR – Disinformation

    Assuming that the events outlined really did happen and are not themselves disinformation, the hacked systems are almost certainly decoys designed to be targets for would be hackers. Think of them as the digital equivalent to counter measures used in military naval battles as decoys for missiles and the like.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The NASA is at no risk : the guys that cracked their network are geeks, and it’s obvious no geek on the planet would do anything to slow down space exploration in any way …
    Problem solved.

    • Anonymous says:

      @Anon posting #2. You sure about that?

      There is absolutely no such thing as Chinese hackers, right? And China does not have a space program of any kind anyway, so I’m sure that even if there were Chinese hackers, they wouldn’t have any reason to….

      Oh.

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