That the DopplePaymer ransomware gang claimed to breach NASA contractor DMI shouldn’t come as any surprise, considering that the space agency – and potentially by extension any organization in its orbit – is a frequent target of cyberattacks.

Atlas VPN found that cyber incidents at NASA increased by 366 percent in 2019 to 1,468 incidents, compared to only 315 the year before. Meanwhile, NASA’s cybersecurity budget decreased by $3.1 million.

“Incidents caused by improper usage increased the most, from 180 in 2018 to 1,329 in 2019, representing a 638 percent increase per year,” according to an Atlas VPN blog post.

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