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NASA Employee Data Breach

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.

Hack Attack

NASA data breach cybersecurity 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.

NASA data breach cybersecurity hack

The breach was unraveled in October 23 when cybersecurity personnel investigated possible data breaches of its two servers, holding employee records.

“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.”

NASA data breach cybersecurity hack

Any NASA Civil Service employee who joined, left, or transferred within the agency from July 2006 to October 2018 may have been impacted by this data breach.  They currently have 17,300 people employed.

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.”

NASA data breach cybersecurity hack

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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