[ISN] Report: NASA Vulnerable To Crippling Cyber Attacks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:20:28 -0600 (CST)

By Gabriel Perna
International Business Times
March 29, 2011

The computer network NASA relies upon to carry out its billion dollar 
missions is just like your Mac or PC at home; vulnerable to cyber 

NASA's servers contain vulnerabilities that could enable a cyberattack 
to cripple the entire agency, according to a recent audit report from 
The Office of the Inspector General. The report was an unflattering look 
at NASA's internal computer security operations, as the Inspector 
General recommended the agency expedite the implementation of a new 
agency-wide program to oversee the network security problem.

"We found that computer servers on NASA's agency-wide mission network 
had high-risk vulnerabilities that were exploitable from the Internet. 
Specifically, six computer servers associated with IT assets that 
control spacecraft and contain critical data had vulnerabilities that 
would allow a remote attacker to take control of or render them 
unavailable," said Inspector General Paul K. Martin, in the report.

According to Martin, the six servers were associated with IT projects 
that control spacecraft or critical NASA data. The NASA computer network 
is comprised of 190 IT systems, all vulnerable if a cybcercriminal got 
past one entry point.  


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