NASA Discloses Data Breach Impacting Current and Former Employees

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  • Nasa disclosed a data breach which may have exposed personal data of current and former employees.
  • Hacker compromised one of the agency servers containing Social Security numbers and other PII data of current and former NASA employees.
  • The breach was disclosed Spaceref after obtaining an internal memo sent by NASA to its employees regarding the incident.
  • NASA  confirmed the data breach did not jeopardise any of the agency missions.

NASA has admitted that personal data of current and former employees may have been accessed in a data breach happened in October this year.

According to Spaceref, an internal memo was sent to the employees by NASA informing saying that an unknown intruder gained access to one of the agency’s server containing personal data of employees.

In the intial analysis, it was discovered the server contained Social Security numbers and other PII data of current and former NASA employees.

“On Oct. 23, 2018, NASA cybersecurity personnel began investigating a possible compromise of NASA servers where personally identifiable information (PII) was stored. After initial analysis, NASA determined that information from one of the servers containing Social Security numbers and other PII data of current and former NASA employees may have been compromised.” said in the internal memo obtained by Spaceref

The potentially impacted employees are Civil Service employees who were working on-boarded, separated from the agency or transferred between Centers from July 2006 to October 2018.

The NASA also confirmed the data breach did not jeopardise any of the agency missions.

NASA said that the investigation is still ongoing and they are yet to determine the number of employees impacted by the breach.

“Our entire leadership team takes the protection of personal information very seriously. Information security remains a top priority for NASA. NASA is continuing its efforts to secure all servers, and is reviewing its processes and procedures to ensure that the latest security practices are being followed throughout the agency.

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