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02 Mar 2012 20:16


Tech: NASA skimps on cyber security, China hacks us regularly as a result

  • 3.9% of NASA’s IT budget is allocated to cyber security
  • 13 successful hacking attempts were carried out against NASA last year source
  • » You get what you pay for: Really, guys? Thirteen times in a year? This means NASA gets hacked more often than I pay my phone bill. But maybe that’s to be expected when you spend so little on cyber security. This is all based on testimony from the agency’s inspector general, Paul Martin, and the rest of his testimony is quite terrifying. For example, Martin says that hackers working through Chinese IP addresses were able to gain full system access to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, steal user credentials from over 150 NASA employees, and modify system logs to cover up their tracks. Let’s hope it was just a couple of bored middle schoolers.

24 Feb 2009 01:15


Biz, Tech: Not to pick on Microsoft again, but …

… they make it sooooooo easy for us. ElevateAmerica is coming from the right place, though. source

25 Jan 2009 11:25


Tech: Want to secure your wi-fi? Paint your office.

  • That’s what Japanese scientists say. It’s a pain in the butt to block wireless signals from the outside world if you’re the IT guy, but apparently, if your office’s paint job contains the right material (by adding certain metals), it can block those signals for reaching beyond the current room. And unlike other signal-blocking solutions, it’s actually kinda cheap to make. Neat. source

12 Jan 2009 13:30


Offbeat, Tech: Attempting to build a classroom of dorks into flirts

  • 440 German übernerds got trained in basic social skills source