Data breach hits Nasa: Employees Details Under Risk

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  • People behind the hacking have not been identified
  • Personal information of present and former employees at risk
  • Nasa said the hack probably didn’t jeopardise any of its missions

Personal information of some of the current and former employees at NASA may have been stolen in a data breach that hit the US space agency in October this year, a media report said.In an internal memo sent to employees on Tuesday and published by US-based space news portal SpaceRef.com, NASA admitted to getting hacked almost two months after the breach was discovered.

The people behind the hacking have not yet been identified as Nasa said that an unknown intruder got access to one of the agency’s servers holding the personal data of the employees.The scope of the breach and the number of affected employees are also not yet known.

In its memo, Nasa said that the hack probably did not jeopardise any of its missions.

“Those Nasa Civil Service employees who were on-boarded, separated from the agency, and/or transferred between centers, from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected,” Nasa assistant administrator Bob Gibbs said in the memo.

Nasa discovered the hack on October 23 and informed that it was working with federal cybersecurity partners “to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data exfiltration and identify potentially affected individuals”.

Nasa also suffered similar security breaches in 2011 and 2016, reported CNET’s sister site ZDNet.

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