Windows worm loose on International Space Station; Mac-using astronauts unaffected

“Nasa [sic] has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG,” BBC News reports.

MacDailyNews Note: According to Symantec, Gammima.AG is classified as a “Worm” that affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

The Beeb continues, “The worm was first detected on earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games. Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were infected.”

MacDailyNews Note: Sheesh, The Beeb. “NASA” is an acronym which stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. You know, like “BBC” stands for British Broadcasting Corporation? “Nasa” is as meaningless as “Bbc.”

The Beeb continues, “The laptops infected with the virus were used to run nutritional programs and let the astronauts periodically send e-mail back to Earth… The laptops carried by astronauts reportedly do not have any anti-virus software on them to prevent infection.”

MacDailyNews Take: That the Mac-lovers at NASA allow astronauts use Windows at all is amazing enough, but to not use AV software on Windows is pretty much criminal. Windows is not “mission-critical” software, NASA. Obviously, astronauts should be equipped with MacBook Air units which are safer, thinner, lighter, and better.

The Beeb continues, “Once it has scooped up passwords and login names the Gammima.AG worm virus tries to send them back to a central server… Nasa is working with partners on the ISS to find out how the virus got on to the laptop in the first place.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Switched” for the heads up.]


  1. @ Jamie,
    You’re correct…at $10k/pound for launch costs, you’d think they would ditch their 10 pound Dell’s…

    Now, just to complicate things, the engineers at NASA will spend another $750k just to try and clear the computers of this lame virus that probably came on board due to surfing for p.o.r.n…

  2. Perhaps now NASA will reconsider all the crummy Windows machines in their entire operations.
    Macs simply work.
    And I agree with MDN’s take on NASA. Those are the same idiots that call Earth, “earth.”
    Earth is a planet and earth is simply dirt.
    The British invented English and one would have thought they would have a passable mastery of it by now!

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