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Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief

  • Space agency reported almost 1,500 ‘cyber incidents’ last year
  • U.S. teams monitor the networks at NASA’s offices in Russia
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NASA Concerned About Risk of Outer-Space Hacking

NASA scientists glean valuable data about powerful space explosions and the energy of black holes from their Swift and Fermi satellites. The projects were supposed to last a few years. Instead, they’ve survived for more than a decade.

That’s great for researchers but a challenge for Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz because of the projects’ aging computer operating systems. As the space agency’s chief information security officer, she has to secure the data sent to and from planet Earth against cyberattacks.