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Brazilian hacktivists mistake NASA for NSA

Network intrusion

Protesters angry that the U.S. intelligence agency allegedly hacked Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's emails picked the wrong target for their retaliation.

They hacked NASA’s web page and left the message: “Stop spying on us.”

Officials at the space agency confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of NASA websites.

"At no point were any of the agency's primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised," said Nasa spokesman Allard Beutel.

The cyber assault followed recent disclosures by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the NSA spied on Rousseff's communications and on the state-run energy company Petrobras.

She postponed a state visit to Washington in disapproval over the alleged cyber snooping on her country.

ThreatWatch is a regularly updated catalog of data breaches successfully striking every sector of the globe, as reported by journalists, researchers and the victims themselves.

sector

Government (U.S.)

reported

September 18, 2013

reported by

AFP

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

United States

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Brazil

date breach occurred

September 2013

date breach detected

September 2013