Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Computer virus in space

On the International Space Station.

Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.

The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games.

Seems the infection came in via a USB device that an astronaut brought to orbit. The laptop does not have a network connection (what - no WiFi?), so the threat seems, err, remote.

Via Slashdot, which as always offers up quality snark in the comments:
Network security really isn't that hard! It isn't like it's rocket scie... oh... nevermind...


EDGE said...

SPACE VIRUS! Sounds like a good movie to me!

none said...

So..if they play warcraft on the space station someone will steal their password?

TOTWTYTR said...

Or as we say in the tech geek section, it's not exactly rocket surgery.