Rabu, 27 Agustus 2008

Computer Virus Found On... Space Station

Every computer user knows that removing virus and worm is tricky job. Even with updated anti virus, sometimes they can still occupied our computer and attacks again. Many computer amateurs feels that removing virus is very devastating. So, should we ask for experts for help? From NASA's experts, perhaps?

Unfortunately, now they have to face common problem like we used to on space : struggling with computer virus. NASA has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG. This nasty virus was first detected on Earth in August 2007, occupying laptops used by astronauts to run their nutritional program, waiting to steal login names for some Asia online games, such as Maple Story, HuangYi online, and Talesweaver.And the bad news is laptops carried by astronauts reportedly do not have any anti-virus software on them to prevent infection (!)

NASA stated ISS has no direct net connection and all data traffic traveling from Earth to the spacecraft is always scanned before being transmitted. They thought that the virus might have traveled to space via a flash or USB drive owned by an astronaut and taken into space.

Lessons for NASA : NOW they plans to put security systems to stop such incidents happening in the future. Better than never, right? NASA is working with partners on the ISS to find out how the virus got on to the laptop in the first place.

Lessons for us : always update your anti virus, and... pray for your computer safety.

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