Brazil hackers mistake NASA for NSA in espionage payback
AFPBRASILIA--Hackers have hit back in retaliation for U.S. cyber-spying on Brazil but mistook the U.S. space agency NASA for the National Security Agency (NSA), a news website reported here Tuesday.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
“Some activists decided to protest this U.S. practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target,” a specialized blog of the Brazilian news portal Uol said.
“They hacked NASA's web page and left the message: Stop spying on us,” it said.
The hackers' message also called on the United States not to attack Syria.
A NASA spokesman confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of NASA websites.
“At no point were any of the agency's primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised,” said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel.
“We are diligently taking action to investigate and reconstitute the websites impacted during this web defacement incident,” he said.
The attack followed recent disclosures that the NSA spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's email communications and on the state-run energy giant Petrobras.
The disclosures were based on documents obtained by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.