"Norton, we have a problem": Virus on-board the ISS
The following is probably quite a scary sentence if you’re several miles up and outside the Earth’s atmosphere: “A computer virus has made it’s way on to the International Space Station”. That’s right – up in space, where no one can hear you scream and where there are no rescue missions, there’s a virus threatening to wreak havoc.
Luckily though, rather than the virus, known as Gammima.AG, take control of the space station’s life-support computers and hold the astronauts to ransom it has only infected one laptop on board that was being used to send e-mail back home and run “nutritional programs”.
NASA has admitted that it has broken the first rule of internet security, and didn’t have a virus scanner installed because all ISS internet traffic is scanned at NASA HQ before being beamed up – they reckon the virus arrived via a USB memory drive that one of the astronauts took with them.
And the astronauts will no doubt be relieved to learn that the virus itself is relatively benign – all it is written to do is steal usernames and passwords for certain online games. So if any of the crew happen to be a level 60 Mage too, then pointing the finger of blame should be pretty easy.
(via BBC News)
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Well considering this is the iss, they must aleady have a counter virus/scrambling equipment on board, else the station would have already been taken over by millions of hackers already
“Kudos to the virus author!”
stupid wanna be ‘hacker’
Well, the person that wrote that virus is prolly saying to his mates…
“Yeah, you infected a million systems, I got mine into outer space!!!”
Kudos to the virus author!
I very much doubt this is true. You actually think NASA uses Windows? I know on the ground NASA uses Linux. So I’m sure that applies to the space born craft also.
AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA. you are smart enough to become an astronaut, but dumb enough to lose your WoW account to a keylogger.