Feeds

Royal Navy hacker claims to have broken into space agency site

Paris, we may have a problem

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Login credentials for database, email and other key systems that a poster claims belong to the European Space Agency were posted on a full disclosure mailing list over the weekend.

TinKode posted supposed admin, content management, file upload (FTP), email and other account login details after using unspecified vulnerabilities to pull off his alleged hack on ESA's systems. He also posted Apache server configuration files and other data that, if genuine, might be of use in follow-up attacks.

The motives for the assault are unclear.

Net security firm Sophos was unable to verify the hack, not least because trying any of the published passwords to see if they worked or not would itself be a violation of UK's computer misuse laws. However it described TinKode's claims as credible.

TinKode had previously carried out a similar assault on the Royal Navy's official website. That attack was later confirmed.

ESA's main website (esa.int) remains up and running on Monday morning. No one from the agency was available for comment at the time of going to press.

"Hopefully the ESA is changing its passwords and looking at its website security as a matter of some urgency," a Sophos spokesman said. "If users are using the same password in multiple places then they would be wise to adopt a more sensible password policy ASAP." ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'
Swapping other people's sexts is a fringe benefit, says Snowden
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
British data cops: We need greater powers and more money
You want data butt kicking, we need bigger boots - ICO
Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans
Wait - they're doing online banking with an unpatched Windows PC?
NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb
Lrn2crypto, oversight panel tells US govt's algorithm bods
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.