Published on August 27th, 2019 📆 | 5672 Views ⚑0
AN¡n astronaut hacks her ex’s bank account from Space Station
An unprecedented event related to cybersecurity and space missions was revealed this weekend. According to web application security specialists, a National Space Agency (NASA) astronaut has been accused of unauthorized access to his ex-wife’s bank account while on an agency mission, in what could be the first cybercrime perpetrated from the space.
Former US Air Force officer Summer Worden
detected anomalous activity in her online banking logins and, after requesting
further reports on this access to the bank’s web application security team,
discovered that the equipment used to enter her bank account was connected to a
NASA network, pointing to its former couple, the US astronaut Anne McClain, who
was on a mission at the space station facilities.
The astronaut has already accepted that she
accessed her former partner’s banking account from a computer on the
International Space Station; however, McClain’s defense claims that the
astronaut did not commit any felony.
After detecting the intrusion, Worden filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing the astronaut of identity fraud, web application security experts mentioned; it is worth mentioning that no evidence of any unauthorized movement or transaction in Worden’s bank account was reported. The couple is currently divorced.
In addition, the victim’s family filed a
complaint with NASA officials about McClain’s behavior, mentioning that the
couple is in the midst of a legal dispute over custody of Worden’s son,
conceived by artificial fertilization before the couple got married. The family
claims that the astronaut’s actions are intended to force Worden give into his
demands and thus obtain custody of the 6-year-old children.
On the other hand, McClain posted a statement
on his Twitter account defending against these accusations: “I can surely
say that there is not a single truth in these claims. We are going through a very
difficult divorce process and I regret that this issue has become public; I
appreciate the show of support I have received and I reserve any comments until
the investigation is over”, she added.
McClain’s defense, led by lawyer Rusty Hardin,
mentions the same version of the astronaut to the media, claiming that she did
nothing improper and offering full cooperation with the authorities during the
According to web application security
specialists at the International Institute of Cyber Security, identity fraud is
one of the most common cyber crimes nowadays. Threat actors who perform these
frauds typically rely to the use of phishing
campaigns to obtain some victims’ confidential data, although it should be
spotted that people sometimes abuse the trust of friends, family or close ones to
improperly access email accounts, social media profiles or even bank accounts,
as seems to be the case here.