NASA hack crashes drone and leaks 250GB of data
@CthulhuSec has leaked a 250 GB dump of drone data from the NASA.tech Updated: Feb 03, 2016 14:43 IST
@CthulhuSec has leaked a 250 GB dump of drone data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). What’s scarier is that the hacker was in the network unnoticed for months before making the data public, reported Hackread. According to the reports, 631 aircraft and radar videos along with 2,143 flight logs and information on 2,414 employees — phone numbers, email addresses and names — has been jeopardised. The breach was announced by the hacker through his Twitter account.
The recently leaked NASA files as promised from yesterday: https://t.co/gIun25OTri— TheCthulhu (@CthulhuSec) January 31, 2016
Clarification: NASA data isn't harmful or anything. Some videos and other data I have been asked to mirror. I wouldn't attack NASA :)— TheCthulhu (@CthulhuSec) January 30, 2016
However, the hacker tweeted that he would never attack NASA but has set his target on “repressive government regime” and mentioned that he has reached out to journalists already.
The report also states that the hackers have managed to gain complete access to several machines after acquiring the required information from another hacker with knowledge of the NASA servers. It took them less than a second to crack the password.
From there, a group of hackers acquired data and mapped out the network and missions. But that’s not it, they even gained access to the security cameras to map out even the physical NASA facilities.
In the events that followed, a drone file — tells the drone what to do — was also replaced, resulting in the drone taking a dive into the ocean.
First Published: Feb 03, 2016 13:42 IST