White hat hacker exposes NASA servers' vulnerabilities

    Date19 May 2011
    CategoryLatest News
    Posted ByDave Wreski
    A Romanian "white hat" hacker has claimed to have broken into a site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and published a screenshot of the compromised server on his site. White hat hackers are programmers who break into computer systems for the sake of exposing security flaws, instead of exploiting them for malevolent purposes.

    In this case, "TinKode" hacked a file transfer protocol (FTP) server related to NASA's Earth Observation System at Goddard Space Flight Center.

    "I don't do bad things. I only find and make public the info. Afterwards I send an email to them to fix the holes. It's like an security audit, but for free," TinKode said in an interview posted on NetworkWorld.

    The NetworkWorld story said that, after hacking into servir.gsfc.nasa.gov, TinKode sent an email alert of the hack to NASA's webmaster.

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