A top NASA astronaut has been accused of hacking into her ex-spouse’s bank account while she was on board the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut, Anne McClain is now being investigated after she allegedly commits the first crime in space, hacking into her ex-husband Summer Worden’s bank account in a bitter divorce battle.
Worden’s suspicions were raised when she noticed that her bank account was accessed without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network. After doing some further digging, the former Air Force intelligence officer accused McClain of breaking into her bank accounts while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS)
Worden told Houston news outlet KPRC that USAA Bank gave evidence to her attorneys that McClain had accessed her accounts. “I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn’t keep anything private,” she said.
Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and a family member also filed a complaint with NASA’s internal Office of Inspector General. The complaint accused McClain of identity theft and improper access to Worden’s private financial records, the New York Times reported. A lawyer for McClain told the newspaper that the astronaut was merely tending the couple’s still-connected finances.
The drama unfolded as McClain was set to conduct the first all-female spacewalk in history, alongside colleague Christina Koch. That spacewalk was reassigned, in a move that garnered a lot of criticism, with astronaut Nick Hague replacing McClain. NASA said at the time that the decision was McClain’s choice as there were not enough space suits in McClain and Koch’s sizes.
Anne McClain remains an active astronaut and NASA said it does not comment on personal or personnel matters. The divorce case is set to be finalized in October.