December 7, 2016

The Unknowns Hacking US Government Sites – Or are they?

(LiveHacking.Com) – A new hacking group going by the name of ‘The Unknowns’ has claimed it hacked a number of high profile government sites and has posted details of the hack along with stolen documents as proof of its work. The group, which is using the slogan “We are The Unknowns; Our Knowledge Talks and Wisdom Listens…”, posted its claims on PasteBin where it listed its victims as:

  • NASA – Glenn Research Center
  • US military
  • US AIR FORCE
  • European Space Agency
  • Thai Royal Navy
  • Harvard
  • Renault Company
  • French ministry of Defense
  • Bahrain Ministry of Defense
  • Jordanian Yellow Pages

The group has released a couple of archive files claiming to be stolen documents from the sites along with  screenshots showing they gained accessed to the servers. In a separate entry to PasteBin they posted the  names, home addresses, and e-mail addresses of 736 victims from NASA’s Glenn research center.

The groups motivation seems to be blackmail. The original PasteBin post contains an offer of help: “…  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. We’re ready to give you full info on how we penetrated threw [sic] your databases and we’re ready to do this any time so just contact us, we will be looking forward for this.

However tt is being reported by ZDNet that The Unknowns may be trying to use an old hack to gain Twitter followers. Some of the leaked documents are indeed several years old, but there are also a few from earlier in 2012.

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