The ALMA observatory had to temporarily close due to a cyberattack, authorities announced on November 2..
Last weekend’s attack, targeting ALMA’s computer systems, caused the observatory’s website to crash for four days and forced the suspension of scientific observation activities.
“The threat is now contained and our team of experts are working hard to restore affected systems.”authorities said yesterday.
The attack did not compromise the antenna system or any scientific data. However, it is still unclear when the observatory will be able to resume normal operations.
American astronomer Tristan Ashton stands next to giant antennas at the ALMA observatory
American astronomical data analyst Tristan Ashton stands next to giant antennas (most measuring 12 meters in diameter) at the ALMA observatory in Chile. (Photo: AFP)
ALMA – full name is Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array – is made up of 66 antennas distributed up to 16 km, making it The largest network of telescopes in the world. It is also one of the highest observatories when installed at over 5,000 meters above sea level in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
ALMA’s powerful antenna system makes it possible to detect distant galaxies forming at the edge of the universe, observe molecular gases and dust, study stars and planetary systems and search for extraterrestrial life, according to the European Southern Observatory (ƐSO), the cooperator.
Since it began full-time operations in 2013, ALMA has revealed exoplanets formed from stardust, observed intense glow from nearby stars, and provided new insights into powerful bursts of cosmic radiation called bursts. gamma. ALMA is also part of the Event Horizon Telescope project, which captured the first direct image of a black hole in 2019.
This observatory, worth up to $1.4 billion, is a major international cooperation project involving the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Chile. There are approximately 300 experts responsible for operating ALMA’s powerful computers, servers, data storage systems and displays.
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On November 2, authorities said the ALMA observatory had to temporarily cease operations due to a hacker attack.