The Incident: Stolen NASA laptop contained 2012 ISS commands

The Incident: Stolen NASA laptop contained 2012 ISS commands
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MSNBC: “”A laptop stolen from NASA last year was unencrypted and contained command and control codes for the International Space Station on it, the agency’s inspector general told a House subcommittee Wednesday.

In his testimony before a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin said the notebook computer stolen in March 2011 “resulted in the loss of the algorithms” used to control the space station. This particular laptop, Martin said, was one of 48 NASA notebooks or mobile devices stolen between April 2009 and April 2011.

Some of these thefts resulted in the leak of sensitive data “including export-controlled, Personally Identifiable Information, and third-party intellectual property,” as well as Social Security numbers and data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs, Martin said.

The actual number of stolen and compromised devices could be much higher because NASA relies on employees to self-report incidents. In an email, NASA spokesman Trent Perrotto told SecurityNewsDaily that “at no point in time have operations of the International Space Station been in jeopardy due to a data breach.”

Source: MSNBC

Photo Credits: NASA Johnson Space Center, ISS sim detail By xeni / FlickR