Stolen NASA laptop contained space station control codes

By Shawn Knight
Mar 2, 2012
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  1. NASA inspector general Paul Martin testified before a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee that a notebook stolen from the aeronautics company was unencrypted and contained codes to control theā€¦

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 628   +59

    So what is that 1.5 Billion going towards if their IT is that shitty?
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 626   +122

    If you had the control codes, would it be possible to sit there for days messing around with the space station light switches, just to freak the astronauts out?
  4. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TechSpot Member Posts: 83

    +100
  5. damn nasa, just hire me and ud be more secure than these IT people made you. I'll have A+ certification soon. LOL
  6. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its NASA. These are the same ppl who with Dino-Tech sent men to the moon. Cut them some slack. Im not saying that the lose of that type of sesitive info isnt important, Im just saying that LIFE happends. Sometimes good sometimes bad. So someone got codes and info. Without a stable and secure link to the ISS, not much can be done with the information. Someone may be able to sell the info, but NASA can just release the info and make it worthless.
  7. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    1 percent? Wtf
  8. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Just need one more piece for my Moonraker plan...
  9. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 411   +75

    Oh no I'd totally make the PA system say the stuff HAL does!

    Must say this is pretty shocking!
    At least the US govmt walks the walk, they want everyones computer history open and available and they show us this great example of NASA being just that =P
  10. Webmasteh

    Webmasteh Newcomer, in training

    This is moronic, as well preplanned in which I support in full.

    I support the NWO, and all things before and after.
  11. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Too many bureaucrats, probably, and not enough techies. Budget cuts never hit the managers, just the people who used to get stuff like that taken care of before they got laid off.

    On the positive side, it's a beautiful demonstration of why throwing $58 million at a system won't solve basic maintenance problems. I mean - really? Only 24% bother with software patches? If I were on the ISS, that revelation would make me nervous.
     
  12. Did they send anyone to the Moon Really, :)


    or was it a elaborate Hollywood stunt, :)
  13. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TechSpot Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    She should be heck to pay for not at least having the laptop encrypted. That just shows how serious they are about security... and I mean the lives of the people up there. Hope they have a way to change the codes quickly in case of such a compromise.
  14. Ok so lets begin to use this codes.."activatenukesilo" and see what happens...holy sh*t..wtf
  15. Cota

    Cota TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Anyway why would you carry information so important in any mobile device?

    This is worst than that USB whit missile codes.. its not like 1234 was a strong password.
  16. if NASA cant make a self destructing laptop that would just rip the HD to shreds at the push of a button then i don't know who can. jeeez Louise
  17. funny, my email is more secure than NASA. go figure.

    Really can't believe encrypting hard drives isn't a standard, a 2 min youtube clip shows you how to do it. lololol


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