NASA is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, space research organization in the world. This means that it is also one of the most-sought-after organization when it comes to getting information about new space projects from all over the world. There are also various satellites under NASA’s control that can show all the various parts of the earth which can be helpful in understanding almost everything related to the different countries. Now, a new report regarding the hacking attempts has revealed that NASA is also under attack from various hacking groups.
It is interesting to see that while medical organizations and government agencies are understood when they come under attack, NASA’s attacks are quite inexplicable. However, the report does mention that these attacks are “significantly increasing” and quite dangerous. The report also mentions that these attacks are carried out by nation-state hackers and cybercriminals meaning that they are state-sponsored as well.
Now, we can give at least one example of a country which would want to hack into NASA and destroy some data and that is China. A few weeks back, there was a report which revealed that space observations have revealed that there has been a huge cloud of smoke in China’s atmosphere which gets formed when a mass of dead bodies are burnt. This led to the question that Chinese authorities burnt a lot of dead bodies without actually reporting them.
Thus, it is quite understood if China would want to hide that data from the world. A NASA personnel issued status report memo to their employees saying that “NASA employees and contractors should be aware that nation-states and cybercriminals are actively using the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit and target NASA electronic devices, networks, and personal devices,”
The memo also reveals their intentions saying that “Some of their goals include accessing sensitive information, user names, and passwords, conducting denial of service attacks, spreading disinformation, and carrying out scams.”