NASA says no sensitive information breached in Unknowns hack

The group has been on a weeks-long hacking binge, hitting the U.S. Air Force website and others

NASA acknowledged Friday an attack on one of its websites by "The Unknowns," a group that has been publicly trickling information on websites it has hacked over the last few weeks.

The Unknowns claimed to have hacked a NASA website hosted at the Glenn Research Center on May 1, said Sally V. Harrington, a public affairs specialist with the center in Cleveland, Ohio, in an email statement.

"NASA security officials detected an intrusion into the site on April 20 and took it offline," she said. "The agency takes the issue of IT security very seriously and at no point was sensitive or controlled information compromised."

The Unknowns posted a wrap up of several weeks of hacking on Pastebin earlier this week, claiming to have also hit a subdomain belonging to the U.S. Air Force, the French Ministry of Defense and the European Space Agency, among others.

The group also claimed to have hacked the Bahrain Ministry of Defense, but the website actually belongs to the Ministry of Development in Brunei, a small nation on Borneo next to Malaysia.

The Unknowns released about 215MB of documents that it said came from the U.S. Air Force. The information varied from receipts for expense reports to documents related to emergency communications plans. Many documents were dated 2012, and some carried the label "unclassified." U.S Air Force officials did not have an immediate comment.

The Unknowns wrote on its Twitter feed on Thursday that "we're soon going to e-mail our victims informing them on how we penetrated...their databases, they will get all the info they need."

On its Pastebin post, the group gave a bit more insight into its motives, saying to the websites affected "we probably harmed you a bit but that's not really our goal." They said if they wanted to do harm, the websites would have been defaced.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?