BusinessWeek — The Taking of NASA’s Secrets

The Russians Are Coming!
Oops, They've Been In Our Networks Since the 1980's

The Russians meddling in the 2016 U.S. national elections is the talk of the town in the United States right now. If you believe the news media, you'd think this is a relatively new phenomenon. But the truth is, the Russian's have been infiltrating U.S. networks since at least the early 1980's.

With the invention of the World Wide Web and the introduction of Mosaic (the first open source browser) in mid-1993 and, the beginnings of the commercial Internet around 1995, we've seen cybercrime move from online Government reservations to the commercial Internet.

Between 1996 and 1999, Russian hackers broke into certain NASA networks to steal satellite command and control source codes, monitor operations and set up cyber trojan horses in network systems so they could take out the networks in the future. BusinessWeek contacted Tom in 2008 to research their story of the continuing cybersecurity mess at NASA.

NASA isn't that different from other organizational victims. Historically, the agency has disregarded recommendations to batten down their cyber doors.  In fact, the NASA CIO told Tom in 1999 that to implement his 50-point security plan would ” … diminish the functionality our scientists enjoy for inter-Center collaboration … “. This is bureaucratic speak for “we don't want to do it”.

Sit back and enjoy, or rather, cringe at this report by Businessweek. Based on Tom's experience at NASA, it's all true.

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The Taking of NASA Secrets—Businessweek