Hackers with Chinese based IP addresses took over NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory back in November, according to a report Wednesday night from Paul K. Martin, NASA’s Inspector General:
“Some of these intrusions have affected thousands of NASA computers, caused significant disruption to mission operations, and resulted in the theft of export-controlled and otherwise sensitive data, with an estimated cost to NASA of more than $7 million.”
According to Foxnews, the attack “could have allowed them (to) delete sensitive files, add user accounts to mission-critical systems, upload hacking tools, and more — all at a central repository of U.S. space technology.”
Since the late 1990’s China has targeted US Military and Space systems, all in an attempt to infiltrate DoD systems, exfiltrate scientific and defense data and attempt to control America’s cyber space.
NASA’s IT is working on locking down their systems to prevent further intrusions. Michael Cabbage, a spokesman for NASA reports, “NASA has made significant progress to better protect the agency’s IT systems and is in the process of implementing the recommendations made by the NASA Inspector General in this area.”