'Unknown' Hackers Hit NASA, Harvard, U.S. Air Force, Others
The group claims to have hacked its targets in order to warn them of significant vulnerabilities.
A group of hackers calling themselves The Unknowns recently claimed to have hacked an eclectic group of targets, including NASA, the U.S. Military, the U.S. Air Force, the European Space Agency, the Thai Royal Navy, Harvard University, Renault, the French Ministry of Defense, the Bahrain Ministry of Defense, and the Jordanian Yellow Pages.
Posting samples of data from each organization, the group wrote, "Victims, we have released some of your documents and data, we probably harmed you a bit but that's not really our goal because if it was then all of your Web sites would be completely defaced but we know that within a week or two, the vulnerabilities we found will be patched and that's what we're actually looking for."
"In addition to revealing how to access the computer systems of the organizations in question, The Unknowns also posted screenshots showing they gained accessed to each and every one. More importantly, the group put together military documents from their hacks, and uploaded the collection to MediaFire," writes ZDNet's Emil Protalinski.
"The Pastebin post was made public on May 1, but some of the hacks seem to date as far back as March 2012," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.
"The Unknown's 'hacking-for-good' stance is similar to that of Malicious Security (MalSec), a newly formed Anonymous spinoff that, ostensibly for 'ethical purposes,' leaked e-mail addresses and passwords from several Romanian banks and government organizations," writes SecurityNewsDaily's Matt Liebowitz.