Computer Virus Found on Laptop in International Space Station

ISS International Space Station

You can run but you can’t hide. Malware is everywhere.

NASA confirmed on Wednesday that a computer virus was identified on a laptop computer aboard the International Space Station, which carries about 50 computers.

The virus was stopped with virus protection software and posed no threat to ISS systems or operations, said NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries.

And it’s not even the first computer virus in space. NASA admitted that others had been found on the ISS, though they say “it’s not a common occurrence by any means.”

Funny how they are vulnerable to such mundane threats. It’s not just gamma rays and micro-meteorites, they also need to be careful with popups. Maybe they should do their web-surfing on Mac or Linux machines…

What’s next? A virus infects the Large Hadron Collider?

The main theory on the source of the virus is that is was brought on board on a USB drive or a compact flash card. How about scanning all the data that goes up to the multi-billion dollar space station guys? You’d think they would at least have basic security…

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