Computer viruses in outer space
by Anthony - posted 2:24 pm, August 26, 2008
SpaceRef.com reports that NASA has discovered a computer virus on one of the computers located on the International Space station.
The virus (well, technically classified as a worm) was identified as W32.Gammima.AG, and Symantec describes it as a relatively low-risk threat. Its purpose is to steal passwords to on-line games, and presumably sends them back to its author(s). It normally spreads via removable media, like memory cards or thumb drives. Other than being an annoyance, unless you play the games the worm targets, there really isn’t any damage done. NASA gets lucky this time (assuming the astronuats aren’t playing World of Warcraft up there!)
Just goes to show you still need to run anti-virus even when you’re 230 miles above the Earth.