Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Houston, we have a problem."

The "algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station" were lost when an unencrypted NASA laptop computer was stolen in March 2011. 

That tidbit came in testimony Wednesday delivered by NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin as he reported on the space agency's IT security track record. The loss of the ISS command code was symbolic of one glaring deficiency: a lack of data encryption on mobile devices. (more)