Guest essay by Eric Worrall
A group of hackers, apparently part of a community of hackers who spend their time casually cruising poorly defended US government computers, have busted into and claim to have interfered with sensitive NASA systems, including climate monitoring projects.
Hackers have released online 250GB of data purloined from NASA systems – and claim to have diverted a multi-million-dollar drone the agency uses to run high-altitude sampling missions.
“So yeah, we know what you’re thinking, hacking NASA? How fucking cliche… If only I had a Dogecoin for every time someone claimed that, amiright?” the group wrote in an online posting.
“It’s like the boy who cried wolf but with hacking NASA instead lol. But you might be surprised how low govt security standards can be, especially with a limited budget and clueless boomers controlling the network.”
The swiped records include the names, numbers, and email addresses of 2,414 NASA staffers, as well as more than 2,000 flight logs and 600 video feeds from the agency’s fleet of aircraft. The hacker team, calling itself Anonsec, published the data on the web with an explanation of how the hack took place.
None of the techniques the hackers used to break in sound remotely challenging in a technical sense. The hackers provided a detailed description of their escapade.
After gaining an initial foothold, by purchasing a hacked NASA account from a friend, they simply mapped the internal architecture of the NASA computer network using well known tools. Many of the systems they encountered were configured to use the default password (the well known initial vendor password, created when the system is installed), or had no password at all. They then leapfrogged from system to system, each leap opening yet more opportunities to widen their breach of NASA security.
These hackers were apparently interested in finding inside information about the Chemtrails conspiracy theory. I guess this puts their motives on a par with the last clown who broke into NASA and the Department of Defence, who was looking for evidence of imprisoned aliens, antigravity systems, and alleged government suppression of “free” energy technology.