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Angry Brazilian Whacks NASA To Put a Stop To ... Er, the NSA

samzenpus posted 1 year,13 days | from the horseshoes-and-hand-grenades dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "From the Register, "Multiple NASA websites were defaced last week by a Brazilian hacktivist who may have misread the sites' URLs, because he wasn't protesting about the US space agency giving joyrides to inhuman stowaways – he was protesting against NSA spying. 'BMPoC' hit kepler.arc.nasa.gov and 13 other sites with messages protesting against US spying on Brazil, as well as a possible US military intervention in Syria. It's hard to believe anyone would confuse the NSA spy agency with NASA, the space agency, except for satirical purposes or to mock script kiddies in some way, so we can only guess that the hackers behind the attack hit NASA because it's a US government agency whose systems are noted for being insecure.""

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Oh great you had to say it didn't you.. (5, Funny)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890351)

he wasn't protesting about the US space agency giving joyrides to inhuman stowaways

Now we're gonna be in for another round of hacking..

I WANT ALL YOU CUNTS TO KNOW (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890451)

I like vagina!

Re:I WANT ALL YOU CUNTS TO KNOW (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890527)

That's fine, but there's lotsa other towns in Saskatchewan that are very nice too.

Re:I WANT ALL YOU CUNTS TO KNOW (1)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890551)

Rule #1 of slash club: font feed the troll, Rule #2 of...

Re:I WANT ALL YOU CUNTS TO KNOW (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890701)

Rule #1 of slash club: font feed the troll, Rule #2 of...

font spells the nigger what?

Re:I WANT ALL YOU CUNTS TO KNOW (1)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890719)

you just fed me 24 elements of fonts :-) I guess you lack humour or simply dont know what a pun is. You should start a kickstarter to get some.

Not that far off the mark (4, Interesting)

stox (131684) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890377)

The dimensions of the Space Shuttle were specifically designed to carry large spy satellites. Many early scientific missions were spy missions in disguise. So NASA has been in bed with the intelligence complex for quite some time.

Re:Not that far off the mark (4, Informative)

blueg3 (192743) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890677)

Most satellites have vaguely the same dimensions. A shuttle that "carries satellites" carries most kinds of satellites. Also, most of them are put into orbit by conventional rockets, rather than the shuttle.

Re:Not that far off the mark (1, Interesting)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890875)

Since you didn't work it out from the above posters post I'll try to make it a bit clearer. The cargo bay is not the issue but instead all the extra fuel capacity that enabled the shuttle to get into polar orbits for military missions. That's what made the shuttle a collection of stuff tied together proving anything can fly if given enough of a push instead of the earlier designs of an orbiter sitting neatly on top of a well designed collection of rockets.

Re:Not that far off the mark (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891025)

Fuck NASA. Collateral damage.

It it's theirs? It's a target. Hayden started this shit - now he deals with the consequences.

Re:Not that far off the mark (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44894009)

Fuck NASA. Collateral damage.

It it's theirs? It's a target. Hayden started this shit - now he deals with the consequences.

I don't think they want to go down this road. NSA will fuck the script kiddies (and Brazil for that matter) flat the hell up.

Re:Not that far off the mark (1)

stox (131684) | 1 year,13 days | (#44893785)

The 'convergence or confluence' theory was confirmed later in the day by a former spacecraft designer, who declined to be named but is familiar with both programs, who confided unequivocally: "The space shuttle's payload bay was sized to accommodate the KH-9."

Re:Not that far off the mark (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44896503)

Complete nonsense. Satellite dimensions vary wildly, from the size of a paint can to the size of a bus.

Re:Not that far off the mark (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890689)

Maybe not. I don't think that the KH-11 [wikipedia.org] would fit in the shuttle [wikipedia.org] .

I'm pretty sure a large cargo bay would be generally useful in itself.

Re:Not that far off the mark (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | 1 year,13 days | (#44892999)

Hubble fit in the space shuttle, and Hubble by most accounts is a KH-11 (with some modifications for astronomical purposes).

Regardless, US military satellites are launched using regular rockets (Titan IV, Delta IV, those kinds of launcher). It's a lot cheaper for basic satellite insertion (not to say the Shuttle didn't have some military purposes, at least in it's design, just that they are not spy satellite launching).

KH-12 (1)

stox (131684) | 1 year,13 days | (#44893747)

The Misty satellite is believed to have been derived from the KH-11, but modified to make it invisible to radar, and hard to detect visually. The first Misty satellite, USA-53, was released by the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-36. The satellites are sometimes identified as KH-12s.

That's the NRO, not NSA (2)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890731)

And if you have problems with photo satellites, well then there are going to be a lot of countries, and private companies, you have an issue with. There are lots of sats looking down at the Earth.

Re:Not that far off the mark (1)

gl4ss (559668) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891045)

And both are National-somethings of the same country.

the other doesn't have public websites to deface so much though. the protest is against the american public.

Wrong Motive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890389)

so we can only guess that the hackers behind the attack hit NASA because it's a US government agency whose systems are noted for being insecure.

No, they did it because they knew you and the other media outlets and therefore, us, would all be talking about it. Dummy.

Re:Wrong Motive! Wrong number... (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890607)

Exactly. The "mistake" gets more traction than an attack on the NSA. After all, attacking the NSA servers has never managed to make the headlines, and it never will for obvious reasons.

I seem to recall when our previous President was told about a Brazilian, he replied, "How many is a Brazillion?"

Re:Wrong Motive! Wrong number... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893859)

No, he said "I can see Russia from my house!" Of course he didn't really say that. Tina Fey did.

Low hanging fruit (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890397)

They'll go for the low hanging fruit and whatever will generate more publicity for their group and/or cause. Seems they were fairly successful...

Re:Low hanging fruit (3, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890453)

It makes me wince when I hear "low hanging fruit" and "Brazil wax" in the same context.

Re:Low hanging fruit (1)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890693)

Being smooth down there IS worth it. But prefer to shave to gain sensitivity.

Re:Low hanging fruit (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892721)

WTFMI ...

Re:Low hanging fruit (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891617)

Well, a Brazilian Waxed NSA means that you can't blame it on Bush any more . . .

Re:Low hanging fruit (1)

djupedal (584558) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890461)

:) mod up!

ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890445)

Brazil also needs English lessons.

Re:ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890563)

Careful with saying that, they might target the ESA next.

Re:ESL (1)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890567)

And you need to study politics and blacks ops.

Re:ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891063)

How's your Portugese?

Re:ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893345)

Who gives a shit? Knowing Portuguese is about as useful as knowing Esperanto or Klingon. English is the de facto global language, which is why it is required learning in so many countries and why it's important to know.

Re:ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44898707)

We can only hope that someday soon they start teaching it to Americans, you guys need subtitling something BAD!

Re:ESL (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44899363)

Not American, north or south.

NASA NSA (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890475)

Easy to tell apart. NASA has big satellite telescopes pointing up. The NSA has bigger ones pointing down.

Re:NASA NSA (0)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890657)

NSA is more like a self-deluded homosexual, always lurking in pritave closets!

Re:NASA NSA (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890663)

Maybe he thought NASA was NSA without the A-hole..

Re:NASA NSA (1)

camperdave (969942) | 1 year,13 days | (#44892893)

Come now! Aeronautics is what NASA does best.

The NRO runs the US intelligence sats, not the NSA (4, Informative)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890771)

The US intelligence community is fairly compartmentalized in to a bunch of agencies that do different things. For satellites, it's the NRO, National Reconnaissance Office. The NSA is signals intelligence, intercepting phone calls, radio communications, e-mail, that kind of thing. Hence all the stuff that has leaked about what they've been doing.

Also NASA (in tandem with NOAA and the USGS) operates a number of Earth facing sats like the Landsat series. They aren't all that high resolution, lower resolution than the stuff you see on Google Earth, since they are for monitoring things like vegetation index and so on. The newest one, Landsat 8, has some pretty badass multi-spectral sensors.

Re:NASA NSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891483)

You jest, but it's common knowledge that for instance the Hubble telescope is 99% identical to the 'Keyhole' series of US spy sats.. The main difference is their FoV, and that one points up and the others, down :-)

Re:NASA NSA (4, Insightful)

argStyopa (232550) | 1 year,13 days | (#44892057)

One has a $16 billion budget.
The other nearly $60 billion.

Guess which is which?

Re:NASA NSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893221)

One of them kidnaps you and put you in camp. The other place ties you to a rocket to space just like that frog.

Re:NASA NSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44898193)

The real kicker is when you see NASA getting excited about being able to buy 20 year old spy sats from another part of the Gov at a discount, because they are better than what they have...

The cause of war. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890477)

If Brazil attacked NSA Web site then Congress will send the military to Brazil. They got their point across when they defaced NASA's web sites.

Re:The cause of war. Outnumbered (2)

Bob_Who (926234) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890659)

If Brazil attacked NSA Web site then Congress will send the military to Brazil. .

I dunno...How many are there in a Brazillion? It sounds like an awful lot....

Re:The cause of war. Outnumbered (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890807)

If Brazil attacked NSA Web site then Congress will send the military to Brazil. .

I dunno...How many are there in a Brazillion? It sounds like an awful lot....

Depends on the cup size...

Re:The cause of war. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891001)

If Brazil attacked NSA Web site then Congress will send the military to Brazil.

They may be dumb, but they're not that dumb. The US military wouldn't have a hope in hell of fighting successfully in Brazil.

Not that hard to believe, actually (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890493)

It's hard to believe anyone would confuse the NSA spy agency with NASA, the space agency

Either the author has had zero contact with Average Joe, or he is seriously overestimating the IQ of the general populous. There's only a single letter of difference between the two acronyms; they can easily be confused with each other by anyone unfamiliar with either of the two agencies.

Add to that the fact that the the hacker was Brazilian and probably didn't speak English as his first language, I would see this as being extremely plausible.

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (1)

paavo512 (2866903) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891081)

It's hard to believe anyone would confuse the NSA spy agency with NASA, the space agency

There's only a single letter of difference between the two acronyms; they can easily be confused with each other by anyone unfamiliar with either of the two agencies.

Add to that the fact that the the hacker was Brazilian and probably didn't speak English as his first language, I would see this as being extremely plausible.

Mod the parent up! In the first place, why should somebody in Brazil care at all if some TLA is the same as some FLA or not?

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (1)

lvxferre (2470098) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891709)

NASA is quite known, and NSA has been in the news for quite some time; one with technical skill enough to deface a website would at least have a good enough education to know the difference between both, regardless of English knowledge.

I bet the defacer was either thinking "if I can't deface NSA, I'll deface NASA to send my message regardless" or drunk.

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891797)

Big deal, it's not like NSA haven't destroyed peoples lives and/or vacations based on having a similar name to someone they were after.

A bit of collateral might make people realize that what NSA does actually hurts them. When the national agencies piss people off in other nations the anger is directed back to all of the US.

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (1)

X0563511 (793323) | 1 year,12 days | (#44902649)

I think you overestimate the education required for script kiddies to run their scripts.

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44896461)

Yeah, because people living in a country where English is a mandatory subject since the 1980s, and with access to the internet, might not know the difference between NASA and the NSA. Makes perfect sense.

Who knows, maybe tomorrow Americans will start planning a bombing run against Tyria, since they don't speak New Krytan or Arabic, and it's just one letter off from Syria. Guild Wars 2 beware!

Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (1)

Anonymice (1400397) | 1 year,10 days | (#44913741)

Whilst I would expect someone involved enough to start hacking their servers would be better informed, the general population are *very* uninformed about foreign politics. Forgiveable given the local politics mirrors a soap opera.

I made reference to the NSA & recent events during a meeting at a state department here & only one person in the room had any clue what I was talking about.

Not a typo (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890501)

They're both agencies of the same stalker country.
One is provider for the technology the other one uses for spying purposes.
Both coordinate with CIA and Pentagon.

And it is quite common to take over any popular gov site in order to promote same gov's evil plans.

I find naive at least to presume this hacker just confused their names, or misread them.

Re:Not a typo (1)

AHuxley (892839) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890569)

Yes popular would be the option. Why go to a site only people looking for a job would need to visit?

Re:Not a typo (2)

meglon (1001833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890811)

That explains why all US government sites were hacked and defaced, instead of it just being NASA's.... oh wait..

Re:Not a typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890869)

That's a very tenuous reasoning. In all likelihood, this happened to NASA's site because it was some illiterate Brazilian script kiddie who was doing it.

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Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890515)

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Re:Come To SlashDolt! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890953)

you are an idiot.
first posters and offtopic posts are why posts are delayed.
in other words, its the problem you caused that you are experiencing.

Oh Great (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890547)

You know what, I want to stop the NSA too, so let me go hack the NBA website

Yawn. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890617)

I find it impossible to give a FUCK about what anyone from brazil complains about on the internet.

Brazilians douche up everything they touch out here.

Every forum, game, and chat system on the planet would rejoice greatly if brazil fell off the internet.

Re:Yawn. (2)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890725)

same apply to you, from my point of view.

Re:Yawn. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890969)

Care to back that up? Or you just talkin random shit like a Brazilian?

Gibe me moniez pl0x? I report u!

Re:Yawn. (1)

gagol (583737) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891071)

Thank you for proving my point.

Re:Yawn. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893389)

Go eat a taco.

Re:Yawn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44915693)

Thank you for proving my point.

How many people did the cops in Brazil [telegraph.co.uk] kill today? The count so far: 11,000 in 6 years.

Re:Yawn. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891185)

deny it all you like. but you know. deep down. brazil is a country full of douchebags.

And that will always be true. No matter how much you protest

Re:Yawn. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892897)

I am from Brazil and I support this message.

NSA (Or NASA) doesn't care about Brazil (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44890709)

Unless they want to see some man-goat love.

Not enough TV. (1)

meglon (1001833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890805)

They should have bought another vowel.

Like NSA spying... (4, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | 1 year,13 days | (#44890845)

Like NSA spying, the hacker just caught some "innocent bystanders" by accident. It wasn't illegal hacking, just an honest mistake. Just like the NSA collecting information on innocent people while claiming to target terrorists.

Classic (1)

JockTroll (996521) | 1 year,13 days | (#44891043)

Typical nerd behavior: since the actual object of their hatred is forever out of reach and forever above their abilities, they pick an unrelated and easier target that is connected to the real target only in their imagination, twisted by rationalizations of absurdity. Just like nerds in school pick on disabled and otherwise weaker kids because the jocks they hate for being so successful would destroy them in a second. Yes, it is true: nerds are bullies, like all loserboy weaklings, and they pick on the defenceless, usually the handicapped. Nerds are not "intelligent and misunderstood nice guys", they're of average or less-than-average intelligence self-centered monsters with no social skills whatsoever who shun competition as "beneath them" because, surprise surprise, they're not up to it. To make up for their inadequacy they either invent parallel realities where they're great heroes and take refuge into self-imposed autism (camouflaged as assburger syndrome) or they pick on really defenceless people. It always happens. Beat up the nerd, shit on its face, it deserves it.

North American Security Agency (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891115)

The grand unification will soon be upon us. Eventually to follow: C(entral)ASA and S(outh)ASA. It's a no-brainer. N.S.A > N.A.S.A., C.A.S.A. & S.A.S.A.

.

Working as intended (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891183)

From what I've seen of some BR behavior online this is typical kind of three stooges mistake. From my experience they were probably maniacally laughing a distinctive laugh of "HueHueHue!!"

Understandable confusion (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891215)

Nowadays, "to boldly go where noone ever went before" seems to be more like the NSA's motto than that of the NASA.

Soon, "In Space, noone can hear you scream" will get an amendment of the "well, except for" kind.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891361)

Instead of going after the bully you go after the little dork that doesn't defend himself.

Real clever.

typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44891767)

NSA NASA
Maybe mixed them up?

Same entity (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892143)

So, they attacked a different department of the same entity (The US government).

That's not that big of a mistake. Imagine if someone chose to embargo the entire country of Cuba, just because they didn't like the Cuban government. Now that would be a much bigger mistake, than attacking a part of the US government because the US government is trying really hard to stop the "But we are still better than North Korea" excuse.

We're doomed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892159)

... when website security has holes so large that some idiot can hack them who can't even tell the NSA from the NASA.

Not suprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892333)

At NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center folks have arrived at the gate looking for NSA (Goddard is about 7 miles down the BW Parkway from NSA).

I can only imagine the converse has happened up the road at NSA.

Brazil (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892909)

Aside from some wax applications, they have produced nothing of value.

huehuehue (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44892929)

huehuehue brbrbr http://huehuehuehue.com/

The Real Story (2, Funny)

Somebody Is Using My (985418) | 1 year,13 days | (#44893307)

What few people realize is that Brazil is a quite popular destination for our friends visiting from the arid climes of the red planet next door. What with the Amazon - world's largest river - , the Atlantic Ocean and the /rain/ forest, they are quite in love with that nation's water-rich climate. So many Martians visit Brazil and more than a few have learned the language. It's a known fact: Martians love Brazil.

But - as Earthlings have a problem with the NSA spying on them - so Martians take issue with NASA. Giant telescopes in the sky watching everything they do, immense electronic ears eavesdropping on the universe, and robotic drones pushing their telescoping probes into unwanted places; there is increasing upset with NASA's activities amongst non-terrestrials. Oh sure, NASA says it is "for the science" but it's a government agency (worse, an /American/ government agency; the US's reputation has spread even to the stars); when have they ever told the whole truth about their motives?

This isn't, of course, the first time that Martian hackers have expressed their displeasure; one need only remember the Denial of Service attack on the Beagle 2 lander (although this was of course never admitted by NASA officials, preferring to blame the loss on "technical failures"). And one need only visit the Chryse Planitia to see all the graffiti sprayed on the Viking 1 lander espousing their dissatisfaction with NASA policies*.

So this was no "confused Brazilian" who targeted the wrong website; this was a calculated statement made by an extra-terrestrial warning that the tempers are flaring regarding the recent actions of the American space agency. It was not the first such warning and surely will not be the last. The only unusual part of this story is that the "hacktivist" in question performed his vandalism while on his vacation. And that he had three tentacles, was green and had antennae.

Don't let the mainstream media blind you to the truth! Reign in NASA before it leads us to interplanetary conflict!

* yeah? Prove me wrong! ;-)

Re:The Real Story (1)

Laxori666 (748529) | 1 year,12 days | (#44894657)

cool story brah

Re:The Real Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44896037)

Proving you wrong would only improve humanity.

NASA hacked (1)

Ideonaut (2047822) | 1 year,13 days | (#44893325)

Nothing more dangerous than a dyslexic hacktivist...

lol "Hacktivists" (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893631)

Go die in a fire, slacker morons. Your protests are meaningless and ineffective in bringing about the change you seek. That takes ACTUAL work.

Sounds more like... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44893865)

"Angry Brazilian" sounds more like an Urban Dictionary term for the visible inflammation or irritation that follows an incompetent bikini wax/shave.

OK, who rolled the database back to 2013-09-18? (1)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,7 days | (#44944725)

OK, who rolled the Slashdot database back to 2013-09-18? This is at the top of Slashdot on 2013-09-24.

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