Brazilian hacker brings down NASA homepage, mistakes it for NSA's

By David Tom · 20 replies
Sep 22, 2013
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  1. Last week, NASA got an interesting surprise when 14 of their websites were taken down by an experienced Brazilian hacker. The cyberattack targeted pages by NASA’s Ames Research Center, including one which contained information about the Kepler Space telescope.

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    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Cybersecurity drama lol
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Interesting age we are entering, people start writing viruses before they learn to spell...
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    N_SA...hey, he was close! Only missed it by ONE letter.
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  5. Think 'maybe' a Non-American/Brazilian doesnt know the difference between NASA and the NSA? He probably thinks they're the same organization.
  6. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    Do you really think its a mistake ?...
    its a big American target he wanted his letter to make a buzz he found this target is easy to hack so he did it
    its still victory for him he sees that he delivered his message to USA thats all
    thy don't see it as NSA is spying thy see it as USA is spying there for USA is the target

    I am Iraqi long ago I spent lots of my time into these communities thy don't care who is the target as long as its American to deliver there message thy don't care if its the CIA website or McDonalds
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  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Yes because brazilians are expected to know the english language and everything about America, because you know everything about brazil, and you speak fluent Portuguese
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  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Calm your tits. It was meant as a joke.
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  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Well if you're going to make a political statement you should probably make sure you target the right place.
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  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Doesnt matter what he targeted, he spited the US goverment and called them out. Thats all he wanted and needed to do. Im sure him and his drinking buddies all got a great laugh out of it as we did. :p
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I'm still waiting for one of these fearless non-English speakers to take down the CIA......there is nowhere safe from their damn operatives with their tall hats and white battledress.
  12. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    The funny thing is: why would USA spy on a country that has no precedence of being a target for international terrorism, has not been in a war for the last 100 years and, above all, where everything is half-assed?
    The answer is simple, petroleum.

    Petroleum, throughout the last century, was the element (along with other technologies as electricity) that has most allowed work's increase in social productivity and provide, in unprecedented scale, the movement of goods and people. And produce them with less effort. Thus, allowing more accumulation.
    And right now (AFAIK), Brazil is the single proprietary of technology that permits petroleum exploration in the deepest waters. And Brazil is also a territory with insane amounts of oil waiting to be extracted.

    The interesting part is that all this showed how unaware Brazilian government is not only about the whole espionage theatrics, but also about managing its own natural resources.

    The good side of the coin: Brazilian government is so concerned and frustrated about all this, they are willing to take serious measures on improving internet in the country (which now sucks). And if possible, without relying on American communication companies (which now they do).
  13. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Maybe they will hack it again and put a sorry note. "wrong website, sorry!"
  14. Maybe that hacker will target next FBS, not FBI. but wait, FBS=Fasting Blood Sugar, so good luck in bringing down diabetes.:p
  15. Looks like Brazil people lack democracy, USA should spare a little and send some via B2 express delivery
  16. It's not even the hacker's first language, are you really that dense?
  17. QuaZulu

    QuaZulu TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +10

    Hey, I'm not doing business in Brazil, nor trying to "make a statement" by taking down one of its sensitive websites. If I would be doing any of that, yes, I'd learn Portuguese at least well enough to do what I was planning to accomplish.

    As it is now, I'm laughing more at an *****/ignorant/noob (linguistically speaking) hacker than the US government or any of its agencies
  18. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 114   +21

    Ha, ha what a plonker!

    "...were taken down by an experienced Brazilian hacker"

    I think inexperienced and definitely illiterate.
  19. Andysout

    Andysout TS Rookie

    What an *****!
  20. Yeah, I may not know a whole lot about Brazilian government, but if I were going to go through the trouble of hacking them, I'd at least make sure it's right friggin' site. FYI, "space" is "espaço" in Portuguese, so it wouldn't take a gorram rocket scientist (could NOT resist) to figure it out.
  21. He must be very stupid... Mistaking NSA for NASA... LOL

    Oh wait..... He DID put NASA's websites down. o.O

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