NASA and other space agencies say they still don't know how the computers on the International Space Station contracted a virus that has spread across the orbiting environment.
NASA says that its Windows-based computers are always checked and cleaned before launch. Computers on the Space Station are not directly connected to the Internet, though astronauts can send and receive mail via a KU band such as the ones used by orbiting satellites, a spokesman said.
That means that the virus either went undetected on at least one machine before launch, or that it was introduced by one of the astronauts via a portable storage device, such as a USB thumb drive, observers say.
The spokesman would not say whether the infected machines are linked to mission-critical systems on the Space Station.
Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading