Becoming an astronaut is something little boys (and sometimes girls) often dream of. Exploring the stars, cruising through space. Great! NASA – the National Space and Aeronautics Administration – is the agency to make those dreams true. Getting a job there sometimes can make those dreams come true – except if you all of a sudden find out that your employer has been hacked and your data including the social security number were compromised. And that’s exactly what happened.
Scope of the breach unknown
It all started with an internal memo that notified all employees of a breach. Intruders apparently gained access to several NASA servers contained personally identifiable information, including Social Security Numbers.
The agency noticed the hack on October 23rd this year, and immediately secured the servers and data. They also notified the US law enforcement and are bow examining the breach with their Federal cybersecurity partners. That’s a good thing because right now it is unknown how many people were actually affected.
Identity protection services offered
The SpaceRef report says that “those NASA Civil Service employees who were on-boarded, separated from the agency, and/or transferred between Centers, from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected.” That’s a lot of people but luckily the agency offers help when it comes to their identity protection.
In the end the whole thing shows one sad truth: No matter how big and sophisticated the company and/or agency and their security measures – everyone can be hacked.