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Security black hole? NASA hacked, laptop with Space Station codes disappears

Mars rover Curiosity

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A model of the Curiosity, NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, which will examine one of the most intriguing areas on Mars, is seen prior to a news briefing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.

In space, no one can hear you hack. 

NASA issued a report this week detailing startling breaches that suggest a universe of trouble in the agency's security department. 

Last year, NASA's Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory was attacked by hackers with an IP addresses originating from China. Intruders had full control of the networks, the report revealed, accessing NASA employee credentials, and opening sensitive files with the ability to alter, copy and delete. 

The report went on to disclose that NASA was the target of 47 such cyberattacks -- sophisticated, well organized, and well funded -- in 2011. But this is just the tip of the meteoroid. 

In total, the space agency suffered 5,408 information security incidents "that resulted in the installation of malicious software on or unauthorized access to its systems" over the course of two years, CNN reports.

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L.A. police officer data hacked, private details published online

police dog

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More than 100 local law enforcement officers had their private information pilfered and published on a public website prompting a response from the FBI. 

An unnamed group, that claims to have found, and reported, objectionable photos of children in an officer's private e-mail account, anonymously posted hacked police data to a website. 

The swiped info -- including names, addresses and phone numbers from the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association website -- was linked to from a public Twitter account in a breach that was first reported by CNET on Tuesday.

The association, whose members include officials from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was contacted that morning by the FBI, according to LACPCA president Tony Vario.

Vario told the L.A. Times he was "appalled" that the website was compromised and claimed they will "pursue it [a case] on every level, state or federal." 

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