NASA sites hit by anti-war hackers

Thursday, 18 December 2003, 12:43 PM EST

The maintainers of an online archive of defaced Web sites say 13 NASA sites have been modified by anti-war protesters from Brazil.

The defacement archive, Zone-H, listed the 13 sites, which include NASA's Computing, Information and Communications Technology Program site and the Mars Exploration Program Landing Sites pages. The archive captured the content placed on the sites by the attackers. It includes a link to what appears to be CNN footage of American soldiers shooting an injured Iraqi in the back and then cheering. The link is titled "The war in iraq, kill is a play!". (The footage is graphic and may upset some readers.)

A security engineer from NASA, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ZDNet Australia the attackers aren't necessarily out to champion any cause save for their own notoriety. "It's not 'hacktivism'. It's punk kids defacing NASA, which has nothing to do with any war, and putting up something shocking that they hope will get them free ink. And lo, the press is doing just that. Surprise of all surprises," the source said.

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