Short Bytes: Anonymous is known for taking up different causes and defacing the offensive websites. However, this time, the hacktivist group has hacked the European Space Agency website domains. Justifying the act, Anonymous has called it a hack that was carried out just for fun.
In most cases, Anonymous takes up the causes and defaces offensive websites, but this attack on ESA clearly falls under the criminal activity category. Justifying the action, Anonymous hackers called it just for the lulz.
The collective targeted the European Agency domains sci.esa.int, exploration.esa.int, and due.esrin.esa.int. As there is no evident sign that these websites were hacked, it’s possible that the hacker only breached the database using a blind SQL vulnerability.
The leaked data appears legitimate and the database contains full names, email ids, institution names, phone numbers, addresses etc. The technical details reveal that ESA was using a Linux Debian, PHP & MySQL, Apache for one server, and a combination of Oracle and ColdFusion on the other.
Justifying the hack, Anonymous said:
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This attack on ESA is carried out by the same hackers who were behind the attack on WTO and United Nations Climate Conference (Cop21).
The experts suggest that many times hackers find loopholes in the server configuration and they carry out the attack. However, such attacks are a big threat to the users’ privacy and security.
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