Before the holiday celebrations, NASA confirmed a data breach that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees due the agency’s server hack.
The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration discovered that their servers were hacked into, compromising personal employee information.
NASA notified all employees that the unknown hackers managed to gain access to one of its servers storing the personally identifiable information (PII), including social security numbers, of current and former employees.
The breach was unraveled
“Our entire leadership team takes the protection of personal information very seriously. Information security remains a top priority for NASA,” said the assistant administrator at NASA’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, Bob Gibbs.
NASA Secured Servers
Immediately after detecting the intrusion, NASA secured its servers and is working with federal cybersecurity partners “to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data exfiltration and identify potentially affected individuals.” However, this process “will take time.”
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The agency proclaimed that all the affected employees would be notified once identified, and offered identity theft protection services and related resources to all affected employees, past and present.
“NASA is continuing its efforts to secure all servers, and is reviewing its processes and procedures to ensure that the latest security practices are being followed throughout the agency.”
This is not NASA’s first data breach. In 2016, a hacking group released 276GB of sensitive data such as flight logs and credentials of thousands of its employees. The hackers even attempted to crash a $222 million drone into the Pacific Ocean by gaining control over the drone and rerouting the flight path.
No space missions were jeopardized by this current cyber incident, NASA noted.
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