NASA disputes report that hacker endangered astronauts

    Date05 Jul 2000
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    6346
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    NASA denied a British report Monday that a computer hacker endangered space shuttle astronauts during a cyber attack on the space agency in 1997. According to a British Broadcasting Corp. documentary, a hacker overloaded a NASA computer system and threatened . . . NASA denied a British report Monday that a computer hacker endangered space shuttle astronauts during a cyber attack on the space agency in 1997. According to a British Broadcasting Corp. documentary, a hacker overloaded a NASA computer system and threatened to disrupt communications with shuttle astronauts during a September 1997 mission.

    NASA acknowledged a hacking attack at the time slowed down communications with the shuttle but said at no time did it threaten the lives of the crew.

    "The transmission of routine medical information was slightly delayed due to a computer hacker. However, the transmission was successfully completed," the agency said in a statement.

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