When I think of computer crimes, it is no longer simply a person stealing a computer, or laptop that does not belong to them. It is much more than that. Computer crimes are much more problematical and deceitful than just stealing a computer. It now has turned into a mass hijacking of information. People now break into networks stealing very sensitive information. Some of this information includes business documents, people’s personal information, and money. These unauthorized attacks can harm networks, systems, and files, which could damage an agency or a business. Not even governments are immune to these information commandeering. Government agencies such as NASA are targeted on a regular basis.
In March 2011 NASA, space agency had an employee’s laptop stolen with sensitive data on it. The laptops information on hard drive was not encrypted. Leaving the laptop completely vulnerable and the contents of it. It just so happens, that this particular laptop had extra sensitive data on. The laptop had algorithms on it that controlled the international space station as well as employee’s social security numbers on it. According to CBSDC, “theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station”. (CBSDC, 2012) NASA’s chief inspector Paul K Martin had written testimony on the situation. The laptop was never found.
This is not the first time that NASA has had security breaches to sensitive information, in fact, NASA has had 5408 intrusions of sensitive information from 2010 the 2011. These breaches have cost the agency millions of dollars. Steven Misul of CNet.com says, “The agency was the target of 47 cyber-attacks known as advanced persistent threats (APTs), which are executed by well-resourced individuals or group’s intent on stealing or modifying information”. (Steven Misul, 2012) At the time, government agencies encrypted 54 percent of their information; but NASA has only encrypted one percent leaving their mobile devices and laptops vulnerable to such attacks in the future.
During the years of 2010 and 2011, NASA lost about seven million total with all the cyber-attacks and lost hardware. This is only the amount that was reported. There is most likely been a lot more than that and probably totaling in the hundreds of millions. In the case of the laptop that had the space station algorithms on it, there was an investigation. I do not believe that there was a huge public outcry against NASA....