"Norton, we have a problem": Virus on-board the ISS

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iss.jpgThe 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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James O’Malley

5 comments

  • 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

  • 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!

    `ph0x

  • 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.

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