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Computer Viruses Make It To Orbit


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#1 Budapest

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:54 PM

A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).

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.

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The laptops carried by astronauts reportedly do not have any anti-virus software on them to prevent infection.


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#2 samuel3

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:42 AM

Oh dear, this could a REAL serious one.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:26 PM

They said it came from a usb drive. Wonder if it was one of the astronauts drive. ((yes confirmed))Went to play "born to be wild" or something. The nasa IT guy must be thrilled. I hate the new wave of usb drives that install software automatically on insertion. Wonder if that was part of it. Space virus!

Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 29 August 2008 - 06:28 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2008 - 07:56 AM

Well...fortunately the ISS main computers won't be affected by the virus (According to the link you gave us).

I hope that the computers up there aren't running Windows!

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/...-082706-1742-99

Edited by Lloyd T, 31 August 2008 - 07:58 AM.


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 02:56 PM

if only we could make and anti-virus virus...
Annnnd you're, asking, me...

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:18 AM

Well...fortunately the ISS main computers won't be affected by the virus (According to the link you gave us).

I hope that the computers up there aren't running Windows!

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/...-082706-1742-99


Nah, they run mostly custom software, like in most large scale lab testing equipment.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 11:35 AM

viruses invade the space !!! wut's next ???




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