So far, unknown attackers have crippled two of the world’s most modern astronomical observatories. Hackers reportedly managed to shut down both Gemini Nord in Hawaii and Gemini Sd in Chile.
A security incident at the Gemini Observatory
That reports it Online magazine Space.com. So far, very little is known about the security incident.
The only thing that is clear is that the unknown attackers wanted to shut down the two space telescopes at the Gemini Observatory, and they succeeded in doing so a few days ago. The first violations occurred at the beginning of August.
“Our staff is working with cybersecurity experts to get all affected telescopes and our website back up and running as quickly as possible,” NOIRLab wrote in a statement on its website on August 24. “We are pleased with the progress so far.” “We plan to provide more information to the community as soon as possible. This is consistent with our commitment to transparency and our commitment to the security of our infrastructure,” the letter read. NOIRLab (National Optical and Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory) is the operator of the telescopes.
The security incident caused operators to temporarily suspend operation of telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. Other telescopes on Cerro Tololo in Chile were also affected by the closure.
Scientists are still not adequately protected?
This is not the first time that astronomical observatories have been the target of cyber attacks. However, in most cases, only a small amount of information is provided to the outside world. In October 2022, hackers disrupted the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (known as “ALMA”) operation in Chile.
- Unidentified hackers cripple two modern observatories
- Affected are Gemini Nord in Hawaii and Gemini Sd in Chile
- A security incident caused a temporary closure
- Staff are working with experts to restart operations
- NOIRLab emphasizes transparency and commitment to safety
- Other telescopes on Cerro Tololo in Chile were also affected
- The ALMA observatory was already disabled by hackers in 2022
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