NASA Discovers Computer Virus Aboard the International Space Station


Reader note: This information was discussed at the ISS 30P SORR last week. Is this the first known ISS computer virus?

Special Topic on Virus detected onboard

- W32.Gammima.AG worm. This is a level 0 gaming virus intended to gather personal information.

- Virus was never a threat to any of the computers used for cmd and cntl and no adverse effect on ISS Ops.

- Theory is virus either in initial software load or possibly transferred from personal compact flash card.

- Working with Russians (and other partners) regarding ground procedures to protect flown equipment in the future.

- It was noted that most of the IP laptops and some of the payload laptops do NOT provide virus protection/detection software

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