Just hours before British astronaut Tim Peake blasts off on his voyage to the International Space Station, the agency running his mission, the European Space Agency (ESA,) has had its website hacked. The personal and login credentials of thousands of subscribers, as well as some officials, have been stolen and posted online by people working for Anonymous. Although the hacktivist group normally have a political reason behind their attacks, a representative told HackRead that it carried out this attack “because xmas is coming and we had to do something fun so we did it for the lulz.” This attack was carried out on the ESA’s due.esrin.esa.int, exploration.esa.int, and sci.esa.int subdomains, using a blind SQL vulnerability, with the hackers subsequently gained access to the site’s database.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: CBR