Although cyber attacks are a norm nowadays, this particular hack is of a unique nature as it was done to mark an anniversary. The European Space Agency (ESA) celebrates the the anniversary of Apollo 13 every year. This year a Grey hat hacker chose to join the festivities in his own personal way, that is, by hacking the European Space Agency (ESA) website.
A Romanian grey hat hacker TinKode has claimed that he has broken through the space agency’s defences and has hacked into their website. Although he did not publically disclose the method that he used to hack the ESA site, he did However disclose main server information, database, admin, editor and FTP accounts. He said that he did the attack on the ESA website to mark the anniversary of the Apollo 13 after the rocket failed to land on the Moon.
Email Addresses that he harvested from the site seem to have links to CERN science institute which is responsible for European Organization for Nuclear Research, the ESO, British Aeronautical Engineering and defense systems, and countless universities.
He says in his blog that he has also developed a proof-of-concept ISR Trinity Bomb DDoS Tool and has targeted the websites of the Pentagon and BackTrack Linux for testing purposes. TinKode has also demonstrated many vulnerabilities in sites such as MySQl.com.This is not his first hack as he has previously hacked into U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command and other sensitive and high-profile websites. The ESA has not confirmed the hack as genuine up till now, but conflicting reports are already circulating the internet.
What a grand way to celebrate an anniversary, no?