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Security hack targeted on NASA, employee personal information endangered


Hackers lately compromised NASA's computer servers in order to seize personal information about existing and erstwhile staff, revealed USA's space agency. Through a memo circulated internally, NASA told its staff regarding the hack. The agency also asserted it was dealing with the incident with utmost priority.


The memo highlighted that NASA's cyber security experts had been investigating the problem two months back following suspicion of a compromise of a server installed at the agency's premises. The memo, which Bob Gibbs assistant chief of NASA signed, stated that the agency's cyber-security officers immediately acted towards making the servers as well as the data saved on them secure. NASA along with cyber-security alliances of the agency at the federal level is performing an ongoing examination of the servers for figuring out the extent of possible ex-filtration of data as well as finding out potentially impacted people. The process, according to Gibbs, is set to take considerable time. www.newsweek.com posted this, December 19, 2018.


Identification of individuals responsible for the hack is yet to be done since according to NASA, a stranger managed gaining admission into its server which contained its employees' personal information.


In the meantime, NASA has begun informing all its staff members regarding the breach, no matter if anyone of theirs information has gotten compromised or not. This is for the employees to adopt preventive measures. Gibbs stated that when NASA managed identifying the affected employees, current and former, who unfortunately encountered mishandling of their PII (personally identifiable information); they would be given specific follow-up details along with identity protection facilities as well as other related resources, wherever suitable.


According to chief security officer Sam Curry of Cybereason, the latest hack against NASA is the agency's 3rd since 2011. Before doing anything else, harm to individuals must be curtailed, and further making sure remediation of the breach is complete followed with the toughest job of comprehending from the outcomes. Next in importance is implementing countermeasures. Curry says the public desires betterment of the agency since employee privacy and their PII are crucial. NASA holds plentiful things important for national security therefore, the agency's security is vital.


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