Did Someone Hack NASA's Evil Drones? Answer: No.

Hackers Allegedly Hijack Drone After Massive Breach at NASA, Inforwars

"The collection of files, provided to Infowars by AnonSec admin Dêfãult Vírüsa prior to being made public Sunday, include 631 videos from aircraft and weather radars, 2,143 flight logs as well as the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2,414 NASA employees. A "zine," or self-published paper detailing the hack, dubbed "OpNasaDrones," reveals everything from AnonSec's motives to the specific technical vulnerabilities that enabled the extensive breach."

Keith's 31 Jan note: Normally I'd never link to Infowars since much of what they post is paranoid conspiracy mongering and arm waving. In this case there is overt suggestion that NASA is somehow involved in climate hacking or geoengineering. Since NASA PAO is probably going to be responding to this claim - and this post has lots of screen grabs etc. - what the heck. As for the NASA employee names, mails/phone numbers - anyone can easily get that information from people.nasa.gov.

Keith's 1 Feb update: NASA PAO has replied (it took them several days to comfirm things internally):

"Control of our global hawk aircraft was not compromised. NASA has no evidence to indicate the alleged hacked data are anything other than already publicly available data. NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and will continue to fully investigate all of these allegations. NASA strives to make our scientific data publically available, including large data sets, which seems to be how the information in question was retrieved. Our Open Data websites offer easier access and use of NASA data through tools and shared experiences using more than 30,000 datasets:

- Open.NASA.gov
- Data.NASA.gov
- API.NASA.gov
- Code.NASA.gov
- GitHub.com/NASA"

Keith's 1 Feb update: The snarky human behind Dêfãult Vírüsa at @_d3f4ult refuses to provide me with a link to the stuff they hacked from NASA - preferring to use profanity laced taunts telling me to use Google - and when I do, to note how unworthy I am as a Google user. Eventually someone else provided an actual link https://nasadrones.thecthulhu.com/ Meanwhile InfoWars has not updated their article to reflect NASA's statement yesterday.

Keith's 2 Feb update: Well InfoWars did mention NASA's response - but only part of it.

Keith's 2 Feb update: They are going to add the full NASA statement since NASA did not send it to them.

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