TinKode hacks into NASA servers, posts evidence of breach online

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A hacker with a history of breaking into high profile websites to expose poor security has claimed to have broken into an FTP site belonging to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, based in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The serial hacker, who calls himself TinKode and is believed to hail from Romania, posted images on the web as supporting evidence of the hack.

Previous targets to have fallen at the hands of TinKode include the Royal Navy website and MySQL.com which succumbed (oh, the irony!) to an SQL injection attack.

TinKode is one of a new breed of hacker, courting the media and announcing his successful hacks via web postings and announcements on his Twitter account.

The good news is that the mysterious TinKode appears to be spurred on more by the desire to embarrass…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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