NASA sites hacked hard - Vulnerable web application

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Author: ShaolinTigerLocation: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:32 pm    Post subject: NASA sites hacked hard - Vulnerable web application
Thirteen NASA Web sites were defaced this morning by a Brazilian crew dubbed drwxr, according to a statement from Zone-H, an organization that monitors hacking.

Zone-H said the defacer apparently modified the index pages on the sites to express his opinion about the war, leaving the message "The war in iraq, kill is a play!" and linking to a CNN video showing U.S. soldiers killing an Iraqi and cheering.

The main NASA Web site,, did not appear to be among those hit by the attack. It was still available today online.

Zone-H, citing Netcraft Ltd., a British Internet consultancy, said the sites were running the Apache 1.3.27 Web server with PHP (an open-source scripting language often used to create dynamic Web pages) and several Apache modules on a Linux system.

"We can suppose that the server was remotely compromised using a vulnerability in a PHP script, then the defacer probably gained root privileges using the local root exploit for the Linux kernel 2.4.22 [and earlier] published by iSEC Security Research last week."

Zone-H posted an example of the defaced pages at its site.

NASA officials could not be reached for comment this afternoon. But it appeared that the agency has taken the Web sites down, as they were not available.

The hacked NASA Web sites include its Computing, Information and Communications Technology Program site,; the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division (Numerical Aerospace Simulation Systems Division),; the NASA Information Power Grid,; and the NASA Research & Education Network,

Source: Computerworld

Author: CHeeKY PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:56 pm    Post subject:
I hope this is on back of the dummy servers that NASA last month said they would deploy to catch people as part of the on going attacks they were facing Smile

Author: tzontzo PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2003 11:08 am    Post subject:
First of all ....what bussines does have NASA with the war in the Irak ?

Author: GiroLocation: England PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2003 11:18 am    Post subject:
I guess they need some reason to deface sites you cant really pick a better one hey.

Author: destruction PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2003 7:29 pm    Post subject:
maybe cuz NASA belongs to USA in some ways!!!

Author: PhiBerLocation: Your MBR PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:31 pm    Post subject:
I think this is the record for "oldest thread" bump. Laughing

Spammers always make me laugh.

Author: AdamVLocation: Leeds, UK PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:39 am    Post subject:
Pretty close to it, I would say, although we do get lots of these posts on very old threads, usually a lot less lucid than this and much more obviously spammish with several links to recommended products to deal with a problem which is nothing to do with the thread (think adverts for detergent for people wanting to clean up their Windows, that kind of lame search error)

This one actually struck me as possibly a real person doing a search to find people talking about their subject and not paying attention to the dates on the thread before signing up and replying.
Google and others are pretty agnostic about dates on pages - a really relevant but very old page may still get to the top of the results above a new but less relevant (or less highly ranked) one.

Anyway, on this occasion I decided it was probably not spam and left it. Also it gave us all a chance to take a nostalgic trip to bygone days of gentle website defacements instead of harvesting massive botnet armies of zombie machines.

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