International space station codes stolen from NASA laptop

One of many thefts over a two-year span

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Codes for controlling the international space station were taken when a laptop was stolen.

NASA's inspector general, Paul Martin, says the laptop was one of 48 NASA notebooks or mobile devices stolen between April 2009 and April 2011.

That resulted in the leak of Social Security numbers and data on NASA's Constellation and Orion programs

In 2010 and 2011 Martin says there were more than 5,000 cyber-security incidents, and cost NASA an estimated $7 million.

Martin says until NASA fully implements an agency-wide data encryption solution, sensitive data on its mobile computing and portable data storage devices will remain at high risk for loss or theft.

NASA spokesman Trent Perrotto has said operations of the International Space Station are not in any jeopardy.

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