NASA Laptop Stolen With Command Codes That Control Space Station

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — NASA’s inspector general revealed in congressional testimony that a space agency computer was stolen last year with the command codes to control the International Space Station.

In a statement given to a House committee on the security challenges facing NASA, Paul K. Martin said that an unencrypted NASA computer stolen last year was one of 48 taken between April 2009 and April 2011.

“The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station,” Martin said in his written testimony. “Other lost or stolen notebooks contained Social Security numbers and sensitive data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs.”


In 2010 and 2011, there were 5,408 computer security incidents at the space agency costing NASA an estimated $7 million.

“These incidents spanned a wide continuum from individuals testing their skill to break into NASA systems, to well-organized criminal enterprises hacking for profit, to intrusions that may have been sponsored by foreign intelligence services seeking to further their countries’ objectives,” Martin said.

Last year, NASA was the victim of 47 cyberattacks, with 13 of those attacks successfully compromising the agency’s computers. In one of those attacks, credentials for more than 150 employees were stolen.

Another attack involved Chinese-based IP addresses that gained full access to systems and sensitive user accounts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The Office of Management and Budget reported that only 1 percent of NASA’s portable devices and laptops have been encrypted this year.

“Until NASA fully implements an Agency-wide data encryption solution, sensitive data on its mobile computing and portable data storage devices will remain at high risk for loss or theft,” Martin explained in his testimony.

  • Joe Loiacono

    So how’s HUD doing?

  • Spock

    That’s how Kirk was able to kill Kahn.

    • Sarek

      Accurate analagy

      • Bones

        That’s how he was able to escape Kahn. The nebulous and experience in 3d fighting is how he killed him.

      • zombierocket

        Sarek – learn to spell.

    • Captain Kirk

      Good Times, good times.

  • SomeDude68

    Khan KHAN KHAN!!!

    What ANOTHER embarrassment!

    There is a word in the military to describe our political leaders and the state of America… CLUSTERFU@K

    • neldogz

      Really? So someone steals and then its an embarrassment to our political leaders and the US? Oh I get it, they should of had more security, they should of been able to track the assets. But to take that and then describe your political leaders and own country in such a negative manner, you sir should be embarrassed. This is the greatest country on earth and these things happen. Stop trolling.

  • SomeDude68

    We’re doomed.

    • bill granberry

      America, has been gone for years, both the Republicans and Democrats are plotting against this once great country….thay are EVIL

  • liddymeme

    The Chinese have it.

    • FUBO

      The Chinese don’t steal anything. Øbowmao just gives it to them.

      • Jeter

        Chinese, Russians even Israelis.

      • MarcusOHreallyUS

        Yeah, he learned it from Bill and Hillary.

    • Deskboy

      You know they do. The ‘theft’ was a cover. NASA’s Islamists gave it to them

      • Stormcrow53

        Hansen gave it to them, I’d wager.

    • No Longer Confused

      Probably and the “loss” was more than likely intentional.

    • Ben Dover

      The Chinese can keep it and they can take over the funding of the ISS

  • Titainiumman

    The only presidents to lose command nuclear codes were Kennedy and Clinton,now under Obama we have a new category command codes for spacestation

    • zombierocket

      No, under Obama we have a new category: EVERYTHING.

  • bob

    satellites? I thought that according to obumbler NASA’s objective was to kiss muslim behind ?

  • Steve

    Who has worst IT then NASA???? only 5,408 incidents in 1 year?????????

  • DudewithNasaLaptop

    Oh, that’s what it does! I thought it was some Google earth thing. Could you NASA dudes send up a crate of Uzis to the ISS? I wanna do a drive by on Iran. With a space station.

  • cb

    It was probably stolen by the TSA baggage handlers. friggin knuckle draggin theives.

  • JD

    That’s a lot of Kobayashi Maru incidents in 1 year…

    • Mark Matis

      They come under the “leadership” of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, an incompetent doing his best to make former Administrator Dan Goldin look good in comparison.

  • Pencil

    This is absolutely ridiculous. How does this happen? I’m sick. Hey China, I hope you accidentally plunge an unoccupied space station right down on your communist leaders’ HQ.

  • mer

    now the chinese have control of the space station.

  • John_B

    Speechless. I guess that is one way to convince the public to abandon the entire NASA program, make it as incompetent as the leaders in Washington.

  • Jay

    Just like the Russias did to steal nuclear technology , America is losing its technology to foreign goverments on a mass scale . No longer is America the leader in ingenuity countries like China are stealing information from every sector of the US goverment . They have intrenched themselves so much in the American infrastructure it would literally be impossible to rid them completely . Americans needs to start rethinking how they handle their secrets .and how much the International Corporations share amongst their “business associates” /

  • F'd over (again) taxpayer

    Probably stolen while drinking coffee at the local Starbuck’s and chatting online with it.

  • GarySco

    Call T.S.A. over to grab everyone’s balls and make them be safe and secure. Wasn’t it last year that the FBI and Social Security Admin had similar problems with sensitive information on “stolen” laptops?

  • billybeer

    Thank GOD it wasn’t the codes and operating instructions for NASA’s Muslim Outreach program! That could really be important……

    • Ron


  • johnrokkit

    Everybody into the pool…what’s the use of complaining about contraception in congress and what does it say when some kid found it in the trash, like Matthew Broderick in War Games. More good news after any number of incremental fails.

  • Little_Johnny

    Don’t worry, you’re medical records are safe with the government.

  • JustAGuy

    This is the sort of thing that happens when NASA changes it’s highest priority from space exploration to helping Muslims feel good about themselves.

  • jack coyote

    Apparently it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to take proper security measures.

  • lcs

    As soon as I find the accelerator I’m gonna stomp that sucker to the floor and head for Mars.

  • danno

    ..and the TSA gropes us just to fly on an effing plane.

  • kathy

    Maybe their employees should keep their laptop in a Lock-A-Bye. It’s a bag with a patented dual locking mechanism with a cable lined strap and it’s slash resistant!

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