In what can only be described as a big ‘oops’ moment for NASA, computers being sold to regular people contained sensitive data and could have compromised security. According to an audit report released by the NASA Office of the Inspector General, there were several security breaches at four NASA facilities: the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers and the Ames and Langley Research Centers.
The computers at the Kennedy Space Centre had failed verification testing and still contained sensitive data while being sold to the general public. Some of the computers even had NASA’s IP addresses on them, which could have easily led to them being hacked. The audit also stated that the process and policies for disposing of IT equipment were inadequate and that they need to be revamped.
The good news is that NASA were able to stop four out of the ten computers from being sold, while the rest were… sold. Come on NASA, you don't have to be rocket scientists to know you've got to wipe your data clean before you get rid of your hardware.
Publish date: December 10, 2010 3:55 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:00 pm