What Should NASA Do About The Virus On The ISS?

August 28, 2008

NASA confirmed yesterday that they have discovered a computer virus on a laptop that is aboard the International Space Station (ISS).  This has caused a great deal of concern, and has many asking what NASA should do about this......Washington (ChattahBox) – NASA confirmed yesterday that they have discovered a computer virus on a laptop that is aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This has caused a great deal of concern, and has many asking what NASA should do about this.

The first an obvious question surrounding this revelation is how exactly the virus made it onto the International Space Station, as you would think that laptops and such would have virus scanning programs when going aboard.

The virus itself was discovered by Symantec on August 27, 2008, and is called W32.Gammima.AG. The virus works by basically stealing passwords, and then sending them back to a source.

At this point, NASA feels though that the virus is not any type of real threat to security at the ISS.

NASA is seeing the virus as more of a nuisance than anything else.

So what is NASA to do? It appears that NASA is going to simply have the virus removed and go on from there.

It is still rather concerning though when you think that a virus could make it all the way into space.


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