Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Apple Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it was attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook’s systems last Friday. A statement from the tech giant noted: “We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network … There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”
According to Reuters, the sophisticated attacks are believed to have originated in China:
Facebook revealed on Friday that unidentified hackers traced to China had staged a sophisticated attack by infiltrating its employees’ laptops, but no user information was compromised.
Apple, which is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, told Reuters that only a small number of its employees’ Macintosh computers were breached, but “there was no evidence that any data left Apple.”
The iPhone and iPad maker said it would release a software tool later on Tuesday to protect customers against the malicious software used in the attacks.
Earlier Tuesday an exhaustive report flagged by the New York Times from security firm Mandiant alleged that “an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies” originate from one unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army based in the outskirts of Shanghai. Whether the attacks on Facebook and Apple have links to the Chinese military is unknown.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.