So the hackers were smart enough to hack into NASA and take control of a drone but dumb enough to believe in chemtrail conspiracies.
Hackers have released online 250GB of data they claim they purloined from NASA systems. "So yeah, we know what you're thinking, hacking NASA? How fucking cliche... If only I had a Dogecoin for every time someone claimed that, amiright?" the group wrote in an online posting. "It's like the boy who cried wolf but with hacking …
"It's really not hard to break into accounts that have login/password as root/root."
Especially if you're running a couple honeypots to pick up the script kiddies. You can even give the honeypots read access to your public data and the kiddies will think they got all your dox.
At least I hope that's what happened here.
"One of the main purposes of the Operation was to bring awareness to the reality of Chemtrails/CloudSeeding/Geoengineering/Weather Modification, whatever you want to call it, they all represent the same thing."
So they also got access to the giant network controlled by the blood-drinking baby-eating lizards (David Icke, we know you're in there!) too, did they?
"NASA is looking at the effect of cloud seeding in the upper atmosphere, but sadly – for the hackers – there was no smoking gun suggesting the agency is engaged in an active conspiracy."
Oh what a surprise ... gee, I know the standards of education here in the UK are dire these days, but ffs, how do these people even manage to go to the bathroom (sic), let alone reproduce?
Ah.. Doesn't work that way.. You're talking Conspirationists here....
Any data, however detailed and verifiable, through Official Channels would be automatically Suspect, because they came through Official Channels, and so must be Tampered with to hide the Evil that's Lurking in the System, so cannot be Trusted....
Now if we could find a way to extract energy from that kind of circular reasoning.... Hmmm interesting notion.. Would the energy-efficiency of a bank of Conspiracy Nuts be higher or lower than nominal if you feed them the right bias-confirming input in the right amounts in the Matrix? ;)
I'm not sure how to feel about the concept, on one hand, making people buy seeds over and over again is an asshole thing to do; but on the other hand, it is responsible to do so in case something goes wrong with the genome and turns the crops into an inedible weed that chokes out all other crops that would require a massive effort to eradicate.
Most farmers buy new seed each year, GM or not. Have a read up on F1 hybrids. Terminator seeds never really made it off the drawing board and Monsanto pledged never to commercialise the concept back in 1999! I agree that an off switch in GM crops isn't a bad idea, but I seriously doubt that a crop would turn into an inedible weed. Are you thinking of weeds that evolve herbicide resistance?
So, is this just another version of "Eyewashing" that the hackers fell victim to? Sounds awfully convenient for them to find machines with root/root access.
Big John, if 9 years is "long" after, I won't quibble over "long". But 1958's NASA was just a name change for and extension of 1915's NACA. All the interesting NACA airship technical reports and memoranda have been held by NASA since 1958. I think you're right that NACA didn't get much if any involved in investigations of looney tunes UFO stuff.
You're also right this was two months before the establishment of the USAF (and the same month as my date of birth). This is another quibble, but it was the USAAF (US Army Air Forces) from 1941 until September 1947. Before 1941 it was USAAC (US Army Air Corps).
I won't pretend I was boning up on this stuff as a newborn baby, but I sure was eating this stuff up from age 6 on. I do still have memories of the fighting in Korea, which was a bit before age 6.
This actually brought back memories: in the early noughties a similar event occurred when Romanian hackers stole some GB of data they obtained by hacking into the South Pole computers.
They then proceeded to try and blackmail the NSF and the Antarctic Program to pay up or the data would be released to Show The World The Truth. The FBI even got involved, but it was somewhat clear that the dorks through that they had stumbled upon data on the Soopr Sikrit UFO bases: the X-Files series and movie wasn't that long ago. The truth was out there, the hackers had found it and the NSF was going to pay ransom or the world would find out about the nefarious alien bases at the South Pole!
In reality, of course, this was science data on the various elementary particle experiments going on there - neutrino/muon/etc detectors and such cool things. And yes, this data would enter the public domain anyway after a 2-year (IIRC) period in which the principle investigators got first rights to write their papers and publish their findings.
For me the outcome was that I was sent to the Antarctic (incl South Pole) to assist the science teams with system lockdown and security awareness training. A once-in-a-lifetime experience I will cherish forever.
But - but - you couldn't have been at the South Pole! There's no such thing as the South Pole, you were duped by the reptoids that are trying to hide that the Earth is flat! What you saw was the encircling wall of ice that surrounds our world and goes on forever.
No wait, that's not right, that's just another rumour circulated by the reptoids. You weren't at the South Pole because the actual South Pole is in midair over the massive polar hole that NASA have been airbrushing over in pictures of Earth for the last 60 years, that leads to the hollow world of Agharti and the lost civilisation of Atlantis.
Sorry for the rant, I'm off to huff some chemtrail fumes to correct my errant thinking!
Spoken like a man who has had some deep refreshing draughts of THE TRUTH at Ye Olde YouTube Arms?
I made the mistake of looking at a couple of flat earth links there, thinking it would be a giggle. And it was, only YouTube promptly started suggesting more. And oh my goodness, the kook well is fathomless, and like a tube of Pringles, it's horrid and bad for me but somehow hard to stop...
Yep... Unfortunately I once made the mistake of searching for "science documentary" on Ye Olde YT and mate, did I pay for that mistake. Instead of the Saganesque insights featuring the likes of Michio Kaku and Amy Mainzer I was expecting, I got handed a massive pile of brain-cell-consuming woo. It's not an error I'll be repeating.
And even though I have my StumbleUpon preferences set predominantly to science and technology topics, a fair whack of said woo still manages to slip through. Mind you, the occasional dose is good for a laugh. But even the best comedy becomes tiresome when there's so bloody much of it!
I do love a good conspiracy theory - they can be great entertainment! They can also be a good mental exercise (finding factual errors, finding logical errors, honing your skills of debate and argumentation, etc.)
Although my favourite ones usually are fictitious (they tend to be funnier than the others), like Red Dwarf's take on the JFK assasination or The Simpsons's spoof of The Prisoner (The Computer Wore Menace Shoes)
Anyway, if you want to know everything there is to know about conspiracy theories, read Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. (The first quarter or so is actually more work than entertainment, the action unfolds somewhat less-than-hectic. But very, very instructive, well worth the time.)
The interesting bit is that the system they logged into, which was being used by Mr. Eric Jensen, has local accounts and does not appear to be bound to something like ldap or active directory (neither would not permit weak passwords), and it has the usual disclaimer when you log into it. Which means it most likely is a NASA provided system, and not for example a personal laptop on a guest wifi or a virtual machine. Considering physical systems typically are not allowed to have local accounts, especially not when on an internet connected network, Mr. Eric Jensen and some IT admins in Dryden, goofed up. It should be reason to at least have a serious investigation in how that could happen.
Let's not even start about using NAS boxes with the worst password ever. At least use the storage and backup services your IT department provides instead of doing your own messed up thing. If anything it will give you plausible deniability.
Of course it could very well have been a honeypot. Most of the information they gathered is publicly available.
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