Data Breach Hits NASA

A media report stating that-Personal information of some of current and former employees at NASA may have been stolen in a data breach that hit the US space agency in October this year. NASA discovered the hack on October 23. NASA also suffered similar security breaches in 2011 and 2016, reported CNET’s sister site ZDNet.

“Those NASA Civil Service employees who were on-board from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected”- NASA Assistant Administrator said.

In an internal memo sent to employees yesterday and published by US-based space news portal, 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 has started notifying all its employees about the breach, regardless of whether or not their information may have been compromised, so that they could take preventive measures.

“Once identified, NASA will provide specific follow-up information to those employees,past and present, whose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) was affected,to include offering identity protection services and related resources, as appropriate. This process will take time. The on-going investigation is a top agency priority, with senior leadership actively involved”- Gibbs said.

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