NASA: Hack didn't endanger astronauts
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jul 07, 2000
NASA rebutted news reports this week that a computer hacker disrupted communications
and endangered the lives of space shuttle astronauts during a 1997 mission.
The space agency denied the British Broadcasting Corp.'s report that
a hacker tapped into a NASA computer system that monitors the heartbeat,
pulse and overall medical conditions of astronauts on the shuttle.
The transmission of routine medical information was slightly delayed
due to a computer hacker, but the transmission of data was completed, NASA
said in a statement.
NASA said that communications were not interrupted between ground controllers
and the shuttle, but an interruption did occur between internal ground-based
The NASA inspector general is investigating the incident, which occurred
during the STS-86 mission in September 1997.