Paul K. Martin, the agency’s inspector general, cited one case in a report issued this week in which intruders from China-based IP addresses gained “full system access” to change or delete sensitive files and user accounts for “mission-critical” systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “In other words, the attackers had full functional control over these networks,” Martin said.
“The individuals or nations behind these attacks are typically well organized and well funded and often target high-profile organizations like NASA,” Martin said in his report titled “NASA Cybersecurity: An Examination of the Agency’s Information Security.” The agency reported a total of 5,408 incidents “that resulted in the installation of malicious software on or unauthorized access to its systems” in 2010 and 2011.
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