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Worm Hits Unsecured Space Station Laptops

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don

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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:20 pm

Worm Hits Unsecured Space Station Laptops


NASA has confirmed that laptops taken on to the International Space Station (ISS) last month carried the W32.Gammima.AG virus, which steals the login details for online games popular in the Far East, such as "Maple Story" and "Talesweaver."

W32.Gammima.AG – first detected a year ago – sends the personal data it collects back to a central server. The bug, considered low-risk by anti-virus firm Symantec, is not thought to be a threat to the control and command system, or to any ISS operations.

NASA spokeman Kelly Humphries said in a statement that this was not the first time that the ISS had been affected by malware, merely calling it a “nuisance.”

The laptops did not have any anti-virus protection or detection systems loaded, she said. They were being used to run nutrition experiment programs and gave astronauts email access. NASA believes that the virus was either loaded with software or transferred via a personal compact flash card.

NASA is investigating the problem with its Russian counterparts to see where it stemmed from and to learn what measures can be taken to prevent a repeat of the situation.



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http://www.scmagazineus.com/Worm-hits-u ... le/115939/

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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:48 pm

Re: Worm Hits Unsecured Space Station Laptops

What I don't get is that if it's not the first time they have had a virus... why are the computers still without AV?
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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:16 pm

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Well, Bill, AV costs money, and as you well know, NASA is a penny-pinching agency that doesn't like to spend much  ::)
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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:42 pm

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Well we all know signature-based detection doesn't work that well anymore, so AV is a waste of money. They're just ahead of the curve.  ;)

Now their policies on work equipment (be it the laptop itself or the USB key plugged into it) being used for work purposes only need to be stressed a little better. But I'm confident they'll get to it now that it hit the front pages.

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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:08 pm

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I just assumed they were conducting experiments on virus behavior in low gravity  8)
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Post Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:17 pm

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oneeyedcarmen wrote:Well, Bill, AV costs money, and as you well know, NASA is a penny-pinching agency that doesn't like to spend much  ::)


don wrote:Well we all know signature-based detection doesn't work that well anymore, so AV is a waste of money. They're just ahead of the curve.  ;)


LOL... Well I guess when you look at like you guys have put it... then it only makes sense.. :)

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