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Hacker team emerges claiming credit for military cyber rampage

04 May 2012
Security threats - password theft

A team of hackers calling themselves The Unknowns has claimed credit for a series of attacks on various military and science organisations including the US Air Force and the European Space Agency.

The hackers made the claim via a statement posted on Pastebin and outlining the data allegedly taken during the cyber raids and a message from the groups claiming it's trying to help the organisations it targets.

"Victims, we have released some of your documents and data, we probably harmed you a bit but that's not really our goal because if it was then all of your websites would be completely defaced 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," read the statement.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has since confirmed that its networks had fallen victim to a SQL injection attack while speaking to ZDNet UK, lending credence to The Unknowns' claims.

The US Air Force and the ESA had not responded to V3's request for comments on the hacks at the time of publication.

The statement went on to claim that the attacks will continue, leaving an email address through which companies can request The Unknowns services.

"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," read the statement.

"And for all the other websites out there: We're coming, please, get ready, protect your website and stop us from hacking it, whoever you are. Contact us before we take action and we will help you, and will not release anything... It's your choice now."

The attacks follows revelations from Ministry of Defence cyber security chief, major general Jonathan Shaw, that the organisation has itself been hit by cyber attacks and the UK is currently ill-equipped to deal with cyber threats.

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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