International Space Station Infected With USB Stick Malware

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  1. TheKid7

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    ... And he found this out how, exactly?

    Sure, this could happen. But I'm quite skeptical. Especially as the ISS is, you know, an international effort.
     
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    Stuxnet has infected a Russian nuclear plant & the ISS

    Stuxnet has infected a Russian nuclear plant and the space station ~ io9

    The Times of Israel reports:

    Kaspersky did not say when the attacks took place, but implied that they occurred around the same time the Iranian infection was reported. He also did not comment on the impact of the infections on either the nuclear plant or the space station, but did say that the latter facility had been attacked several times.

    The revelation came during a question-and-answer period after a presentation on cyber-security. The point, Kaspersky told reporters at Australia's National Press Club last week, was that not being connected to the Internet — the public web cannot be accessed at either the nuclear plant or on the ISS — is a guarantee that systems will remain safe. The identity of the entity that released Stuxnet into the "wild" is still unknown (although media speculation insists it was developed by Israel and the United States), but those who think they can control a released virus are mistaken, Kaspersky warned. "What goes around comes around," Kaspersky said. "Everything you do will boomerang." [emphasis added] ~ op cit


    Oh dear, does this mean that the brown coloured badly smelling waste by-product has collided with the rapidly spinning ventilation device? :eek:
     
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    Stuxnet is a Windows trojan. How would it infect Linux systems on the ISS?

    Linux rootkits exist, and doubtless one could be engineered that used USB sticks as the vector. But Stuxnet isn't it.
     
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    "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." ~ op cit

    Kinda figures that astronauts would be gamers. LOL
     
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