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In space, no-one can hear you scream: 'malware!'

A password-stealing worm is leaping out of the distended hard drives of PCs on board NASA's International Space Station, according to the space agency.

And NASA fessed up that this is neither the first, nor in all probability the last time that man will take a computer virus into space. Indeed, the agency seemed relatively sanguine about the incident, which is not believed to be critical.

Clearly, NASA officials have never seen 2001: A Space Oddessey. Or Independence Day. Or - unbelievably for science geeks - Red Dwarf. Trust me, wonky computers can wreak havoc in space.

The worm, which spreads via removable media, has been identified as W32.TGammima.AG. According to Symantech, this is a 12-month old nasty that nicks passwords. At this time is not believed to have been written by acid-bleeding aliens.

PC Advisor was unable to reach NASA for comment, but Marvin the Paranoid Android said: "what's the point?"

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