Computer worm strikes International Space Station

Graham Cluley
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Wired has published a fascinating story about malware penetrating computers at the International Space Station on a USB memory stick or compact flash card.

Fortunately, anti-virus software managed to identify the infection and prevent it from spreading unnoticed.

What confuses me is how the malware made it as far as the astronauts in the first place? Surely it should be possible to scan computers and storage devices before they are carried on the Shuttle up to the space station in orbit?

In the past mission control has not held back in preventing astronauts from going into outer space when it has just been suspected they might…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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