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[ISN] NASA sites hacked, Zone-H says
From: InfoSec News (isnc4i.org)
Date: Thu Dec 18 2003 - 05:24:29 CST
by Linda Rosencrance
DECEMBER 17, 2003
Thirteen NASA Web sites were defaced this morning by a Brazilian crew
dubbed drwxr, according to a statement from Zone-H, an organization
that monitors hacking. Zone-H said the defacer apparently modified
the index pages on the sites to express his opinion about the war,
leaving the message "The war in iraq, kill is a play!" and linking to
a CNN video showing U.S. soldiers killing an Iraqi and cheering.
The main NASA Web site, www.nasa.gov, did not appear to be among those
hit by the attack. It was still available today online.
Zone-H, citing Netcraft Ltd., a British Internet consultancy, said the
sites were running the Apache 1.3.27 Web server with PHP (an
open-source scripting language often used to create dynamic Web pages)
and several Apache modules on a Linux system.
"We can suppose that the server was remotely compromised using a
vulnerability in a PHP script, then the defacer probably gained root
privileges using the local root exploit for the Linux kernel 2.4.22
[and earlier] published by iSEC Security Research last week."
Zone-H posted an example of the defaced pages at its site.
NASA officials could not be reached for comment this afternoon. But it
appeared that the agency has taken the Web sites down, as they were
The hacked NASA Web sites include its Computing, Information and
Communications Technology Program site, www.cict.nasa.gov; the NASA
Advanced Supercomputing Division (Numerical Aerospace Simulation
Systems Division), www.nas.nasa.gov; the NASA Information Power Grid,
www.ipg.nasa.gov; and the NASA Research & Education Network,
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