Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

Summary: With the world's eyes on the latest multimedia streaming straight from Mars, during the weekend the Phoenix Mars Mission's site got hit twice, first by an Ukrainian web site defacer who posted a message at the site's blog, and hours later, the Turkish "sql loverz crew 2008" redirected the official mission's site, as well as the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory site to a third-part location serving the defaced page.

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With the world's eyes on the latest multimedia streaming straight from Mars, during the weekend the Phoenix MarsPhoenix Mars Lander mission hacked Mission's site got hit twice, first by an Ukrainian web site defacer who posted a message at the site's blog, and hours later, the Turkish "sql loverz crew 2008" redirected the official mission's site, as well as the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory site to a third-part location serving the defaced page. The Phoenix Mars Lander mission's security staff are aware of the issue, and seem to have fixed it already, right before making an announcement - Hacker changes Phoenix Mars Lander Web site

A spokeswoman for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission says a hacker took over the mission's public Web site during the night and changed its lead news story. Spokeswoman Sara Hammond says a mission update posted Friday was replaced with a hacker's signature and a link redirecting visitors to an overseas Web site. Hammond says the site hosted by the University of Arizona has been taken off line while computer experts work to correct the problem.

Meet the latest group of script kiddies empowered by publicly obtainable remote SQL injection scanners, that each andPhoenix Mars Lander mission hacked every site that's been affected in the past could have downloaded, and self-audited itself. The perspective that if you don't take care of your site's web application vulnerabilities, someone else would, fully applies here. No malware, or false information was distributed despite that the defacer linked to what looks like his homepage and therefore could have embedded malicious links or directly pointed the surfer to them.

And while this doesn't seem to be what them wanted to achieve, in three of the most recent web site defacement incidents, we have defacers fully abusing the access they have. Last month for instance, Russian nuclear power websites were attacked and nuclear accident rumors spread using them, the Pro-Serbian hacktivists attacking Albanian web sites to spread propaganda messages, as well as a fake rumor for upcoming earthquake spread on the site of a Chinese seismological bureau.

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Dancho Danchev

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  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    Penalties.......Major Penalties are due for any type of low-life's that do this.

    And they should be substantial and not revoked for any reason (age, origin)
    donaldfparkhurst@...
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    MAJOR penalties, very strong penalties are needed and made sure they stick to the low-lifes that do this.

    NO MERCY, because of age, origin or anything.
    donaldfparkhurst@...
    • thanks for the clarification

      nt
      penno2
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    It's the SysAdmin's fault.

    Leave the door to your garage open and strays will walk in.

    Punish the stray, but punish the SysAdmin for not shutting the door too.
    ParkerFairfield
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    Script kiddies run rampant these days. Foreign governments use our systems to test penetration techniques. The internet really is a dangerous place these days. At the same time however, it is really freaking stupid to hack a site that is for the benefit of science. Definitely a waste of time.
    dlarmeir
    • 'Foreign governments use our systems to test penetration techniques.'

      Perhaps, diarmer, you might be advised to read the article before commenting upon it. Note the final period :

      ?Last month for instance, Russian nuclear power websites were attacked and nuclear accident rumors spread using them, the Pro-Serbian hacktivists attacking Albanian web sites to spread propaganda messages, as well as a fake rumor for upcoming earthquake spread on the site of a Chinese seismological bureau.?

      Hacking and hackers are a global phenomenon, not a dastardly plot against an innocent and defenceless United States government which never never would engage in such practices....

      Henri
      mhenriday
  • Fiind them, Jail Them.

    We've lived with this BS long enough.

    This is nothing less than Breaking & Entering.

    I'm amazed none of them have been charged with this yet. That could get them out of our hair with REAL jail time.
    BitTwiddler
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    Downright frightening, even more than arab terrorists.
    bill_stanley@...
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    Downright frightening, even more than arab terrorists.
    bill_stanley@...
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    These people are just showing how vulnerable these systems are and the people who run these systems should take heed of these breaches to updated and secure there systems properly from these attacks. I understand that hacking a scientific site is bad and I run one for my institute but crackers (hackers gone bad) are constantly trying to break into our systems so I it up to me to properly secure and update my system so they don't.Most of them just want to prove they can do something but there are some truly evil people that we all need to watch out for.
    As I said before "Bored dumb people with technology doesn't hurt too many people, it the bored intelligent people who affects many people."
    phatkat
  • RE: Phoenix Mars Lander's mission site hacked

    I think the world needs to band together and give these bassturds a taste of their own medicine.
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • ask them

    jailing them alone doesnt bring progress...
    the weak security or the method they used for hacking should be asked and more security actions should be taken in future...!
    And i am going to post this in my blog...!
    aravinthan
  • What's the point?

    I don't get this kind of stuff. Surely there's something else these morons could direct their energies toward.
    djchandler