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08 May 2012, 10:07

Hackers attack space agencies

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NASA logo Unknown hackers claim to have penetrated and stolen data from a range of government agencies and organisations. The US space agency NASA and its European counterpart the ESA have already admitted that an attack did indeed take place. In early May, a group referring to itself as 'The Unknowns' announced that it had hacked its way into systems at ten different organisations and published documents and other data alleged to have originated from the servers in question.

NASA has confirmed to ZDNet that an attack did take place on 20 April, but noted that no "sensitive or controlled information" was compromised. The ESA also admitted to having suffered an attack, which it said made use of SQL injection. In addition to the two space agencies, alleged victims include the US Air Force, the French Ministry of Defence and Harvard University. A few days after the attack, The Unknowns announced that the affected organisations were now largely secure against the type of attack methods used, stating that this had been the objective of their attacks.


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