The agency said NASA discovered the breach on October 23 when its cyber security personnel began investigating a possible breach of two of its servers holding employee records.
After discovering the intrusion, NASA has since secured its servers and informed that the agency is working with its federal cyber security partners “to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data ex-filtration and identify potentially affected individuals.” However, NASA said this process “will take time.”
It should be noted that no space missions were jeopardized by the cyber incident, the agency said.
According to the agency, any NASA Civil Service employee who joined, left, or transferred within the agency from July 2006 to October 2018 may have had their personal data compromised. NASA currently employs roughly 17,300 people.
The agency said all the affected employees would be notified once identified, and offered identity theft protection services and related resources to all affected employees, past and present.
“Our entire leadership team takes the protection of personal information very seriously. Information security remains a top priority for NASA,” said Bob Gibbs, assistant administrator at NASA’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer.
“NASA is continuing its efforts to secure all servers, and is reviewing its processes and procedures to ensure that the latest security practices are being followed throughout the agency.”
This is not the first time when the agency’s servers have been compromised. NASA suffered a massive security breach in 2016 when a hacking group released 276GB of sensitive data including flight logs and credentials of thousands of its employees.
At that time, the hackers even attempted to crash a $222 million drone into the Pacific Ocean by gaining control over the drone by rerouting the flight path.
It is no secret how miserably Microsoft’s 3-year-old Edge web browser has failed to compete against Google Chrome despite substantial investment and continuous improvements.
According to the latest round of tech rumors, Microsoft has given up on Edge and reportedly building a new Chromium-based web browser, dubbed project code name “Anaheim” internally, that will replace Edge on Windows 10 operating system as its new default browser, a journalist at Windows Central learned.
Though there is no mention of Project Anaheim on the Microsoft website as of now (except Anaheim Convention Center at California), many speculate that the new built-in browser could appear in the 19H1 development cycle of Microsoft’s Insider Preview program.
According to the report, the new browser will be powered by Blink rendering engine used by Chromium, one that also powers Google’s Chrome browser, instead of Microsoft’s own Edge HTML engine.
Chromium is an open-source Web browser project started by Google that is popular among web browser developers and also powers Vivaldi and Opera browsers.
“It’s unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; Edge HTML is dead,” the report said.
If you are unaware, Microsoft has already been using the Chromium rendering engine for its Edge browser on Android and iOS devices.
Details on Microsoft’s new Anaheim web browser are still scarce, and we are waiting to hear more about the project from Microsoft itself, but Windows Central speculates that we could see the new browser in action as early as April of next year.
If the rumor is true, Google, who celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Chrome web browser this year will gain an unbeatable monopoly in the browser market.