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The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked

The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked

Update: 2018-12-0620
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Before WikiLeaks, there was the Wank Worm. In this week’s episode, we tell you the story of how Australian hackers infiltrated NASA, just months after the country was hooked up to the internet in 1989. Joel Werner, host of Sum of All Parts, helps us tell this story, along with cybersecurity researcher Dr. Suelette Dreyfus.

Check out the transcript right here

UPDATE 12/07/18: An earlier version of this episode stated that Galileo's engines ran on nuclear power. We've removed this line, as it was Galileo's electrical systems, not the propulsion system, which ran on nuclear power.

Selected references: 
  • The original Sum of All Parts episode about Phoenix and Electron 
  • Suelette’s book, written with the help of Julian Assange, about the early Australian hacking movement, Underground
  • An in-depth reference on Hacktivism

Thanks to our sponsor, Cole Haan. You can hear more of Wendy and other Gimlet hosts in conversation at ExtraordinariesOnTheMic.com, produced in partnership with Cole Haan.

Credits: Original story produced by Joel Werner, for Sum of All Parts, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Science Vs is Wendy Zukerman, Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn and Odelia Rubin. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Mixed and sound designed by Emma Munger. Music written by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Our fact checker is Michelle Harris. A huge thanks to Alex Goldman, Jason Scott, Chris Avram, Professor Graham Farr, Barbara Ainsworth, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
Comments (8)

Alec Loy

lay off the ads.......

May 13th
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Andrew Ben Richard

where have this channel been all my life

Mar 19th
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Apple Betty

I loved Midnight Oil back in the 80's.

Dec 13th
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Jennifer Buz

I can only hear the ads

Dec 12th
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Lizzie Sullivan

episode starts at about the 3min mark

Dec 10th
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Nayabusa

first 3 minutes was silent for me

Dec 7th
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Yzza Asistido

Hey is it meant to be silent for the first 3 min?

Dec 6th
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Rob Lewis

Yzza Asistido there might be. i had sound from the very start

Dec 6th
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The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked

The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked

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