Feeds

Teen hacker charged with Nasa attacks

Intel hackers sm0ked crew claim cracker as one of their own

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

Update: A teenager from Michigan has been arrested and charged after allegedly breaking into computer systems owned by Nasa, and defacing the space agency's Web sites.

Associated Press reports the 15 year-old is believed by investigators to be affiliated with hacking group Electronic Souls, and has been questioned about offences carried out under the name of this group.

Investigators quizzed the youth about hacking into Nasa systems at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, twice in January. He is also alleged to have broken into systems at Sandia National Laboratories, a US Department of Energy facility in New Mexico.

The unnamed teenager has been charged with unauthorised access to computers, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and has been detained in a juvenile facility pending a March 28 pre-trial hearing.

In a separate case, another teenage Web page hacker received was sentenced to spend nine months behind bars last Friday after pleading guilty to defacing an ant-drugs Web site with pro-drug messages, and redirecting traffic from the site of RSA Security.

18 year-old Dennis Moran, whose hacker handle was Coolio, will reported spend his time chokey programming the jail's computers. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 to each of his victims. An archive of Coolio's work is available here. ®

Nasa attacks

Since we printed our original article member of the hacker group sm0ked crew have being touch to claim ownership of the youngster as one of their own. According the them, the teenager had a hacker handle of darkness or icefist and was a member of their group at the time their arrest. Copes of icefist's work can be seen here here and the Nasa defacement here. These defacements indicate icefist was also a member of the Sesame Street HaxOrz and affiliated to Electronic Souls.

Copies of a January defacement of Goddard Space Flight Centre, carried out by BrainStorm of Electronic Souls, are mirrored on defacement site Alldas.de and available here. An archive of BrainStorm's defacements is available here.

Related stories

Linux worm nobbles Nasa Web site
Teen cracker 'Coolio' enters guilty pleas
Feds charge Coolio while DoS attackers remain at large
Canadians throw the book at MafiaBoy hacker
Mafiaboy gets a real job
Mafiaboy goes back in the slam
Intel hacker talks to The Reg
New York Times Web site sm0ked

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.