NASA has been hacked in an incident that the space agency says it is treating as a “top agency priority” and which may have exposed the details of staff with NASA since 2006.
In an internal memo sent to all employees, NASA said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised.
They discovered the hack on October 23rd 2018, almost two months ago. It is unclear why it took two months to notify employees.
Upon discovery of the incidents, NASA cybersecurity personnel took immediate action to secure the servers and the data contained within. NASA and its Federal cybersecurity partners are continuing to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data exfiltration and identify potentially affected individuals. This process will take time. The ongoing investigation is a top agency priority, with senior leadership actively involved. NASA does not believe that any Agency missions were jeopardized by the cyber incidents.
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