Anonymous Faction Hacks NASA & Seizes Control of Drone

AnonSec, a group within the Anonymous collective, hacked NASA and was able to commandeer a drone. The hacked files are being hosted by Thomas White (@CthulhuSec on Twitter). White explains that he was, “asked to help host” the files in the public interest. “As a host of the file, I am not making any claims for the authenticity of the information or subsequent claims about what the data does or does not show. Conclusions should therefore be derived from the proper interrogation of the material,” White said.

Prior to the NASA hack, White sent out a tweet hinting that something regarding NASA would be released soon. He is also hosting the data dump of the hack of the largest police union in the United States, which was hacked on Thursday. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) hack exposed the names and addresses of police officers.

OpNasaDrones can be summed up as such:

Members of the AnonSec hacking group have released more than 276GB of data after allegedly spending months inside NASA’s internal network.
The collection of files, provided to Infowars by AnonSec admin Dêfãult Vírüsa prior to being made public Sunday, include 631 videos from aircraft and weather radars, 2,143 flight logs as well as the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2,414 NASA employees.
‘NASA has been breached more times than most people can honestly remember… However, this hack into NASA wasn’t initially focused on drones [sic] data and upper atmosphere chemical samples. In fact the original breach into NASA systems wasn’t even planned, it was caught up in a gozi virus spread,” the hackers write, referring to an infamous Trojan that has infected more than 1 million computers to date.’”

AnonSec began testing how many systems it could break into and root, along with assistance from a hacker with knowledge of NASA servers. The ability to break into and root enables one to gain complete control of a computer or network. AnonSec was eventually able to gain further access into the system which enabled them to retrieve additional login data by way of a hidden packet sniffer.

AnonSec attempts to down a drone into the Pacific Ocean:

  • The group executed a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack that replaced the drone route file with one of its own in order to try to crash the aircraft into the ocean.
  • Not all AnonSec members were on board with this plan due to fear of being labeled as terrorists for potentially crashing a $222.7 million U.S. drone. The plan was carried out, nonetheless.
  • AnonSec’s intended flight path was cut short, mostly likely due to drone pilots on the ground observing the aircraft’s unusual behavior.
  • NASA reestablished manual control.
  • Following that, the hackers completely lost contact with NASA’s networks.
  • “When they came back up several days later, we had completely lost access,” the group explained.
  • A massive amount of data had already been obtained by AnonSec, however.
  • They uncovered a lot of flight logs and aircraft footage from 2012 and 2013.

These are just some of the details that were published in a zine by AnonSec. The group also explained that one of the main motivations behind the hack was to alert people to what they maintain is NASA’s involvement in geoengineering or weather modification. Some experts contend there are too many obstacles to completely controlling the weather, though it is possible to do so to a certain extent.

This was apparently not AnonSec’s first foray into a NASA system, according to a 2014 Cyberwarzone article, which reported that AnonSec had released photos demonstrating their downloading of NASA drone footage from the NASA server.