Anonsec Admin Dêfãult Vírüsa leaked the information early last week to Mikael Thalen of I-n-f-o-w-a-r-s, before making a public release Sunday.
Also released Sunday was a 276 Gigabyte (GB) data package of 631 aircraft and radar videos, 2,143 flight logs and the personal data of 2,414 NASA employees.
In Anonsec’s zine, they claim that they were discovered and lost access to the NASA servers after altering the flight path of a $222.7 million US Drone flying across the Pacific. In the hijacking the group planned to crash the GlowbalHawk drone into the ocean.
NASA officials have not yet commented on the information leak, nor confirmed its validity, but the released NASA employee information has been verified as real and a drone flight log has been discovered which coincides with Anonsec’s story.
In an official statement released by headquarters spokesman Allard Beutel, NASA is denying the claims made by the hacking group AnonSec.
“Control of our Global Hawk aircraft was not compromised,” Beutel said, continuing that the space agency “had no evidence to indicate the allegedly hacked data.”
Beutel also inferred that the information leaked was already public by saying, “NASA strives to make our scientific data publicly available, including large data sets, which seems to be how the information in question was retrieved.”
The statement ended with an attempt to calm nerves by reiterating their bottom line that, “NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and will continue to fully investigate all of these allegations.”