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Re: [ISN] Hacker risked astronauts' lives
From: Cancer Omega (comegaattrition.org)
Date: Tue Jul 04 2000 - 12:37:31 CDT
On Mon, 3 Jul 2000, InfoSec News wrote:
> Forwarded by: The Dodger <dodger2600.COM>
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Once again, the BBC goes for massive FUD and doesn't
do any fact-checking. The real story is thus:
NASA's Inspector General's office found that during the STS-86
mission in September of 1997, the transmission of routine medical
information was slightly delayed due to a computer hacker. However, the
transmission was successfully completed.
At no time was communication between NASA and the astronauts
compromised. The communication interruption occurred between internal
ground-based computer systems.
There has never been an interruption of communication service with
the Shuttle due to computer hacker attacks. The command and control
communications links between Mission Control and a Space Shuttle in orbit
are extremely well insulated.
The 1997 incident is currently under investigation by NASA
Inspector General's office.