Kosovo group claims hack of US weather service

Oct 19, 2012
A geophysicist at the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, monitors computer tracking systems in 2004. The US National Weather Service computer network was hacked this week, with a group from Kosovo claiming credit and posting sensitive data, security experts said Friday.

The US National Weather Service computer network was hacked this week, with a group from Kosovo claiming credit and posting sensitive data, security experts said Friday.

Data released by the Kosovo Hackers Security group includes directory structures, sensitive files of the Web server and other data that could enable later access, according to Chrysostomos Daniel of the security firm Acunetix.

"The stated that the attack is a protest against the US policies that target Muslim countries," Daniel said.

"Moreover, the attack was a payback for against nuclear plants in , according to a member of the hacking group who said, 'They hack our nuclear plants using STUXNET and FLAME-like malwares, they are bombing us 27*7, we can't sit silent—hack to payback them."

Paul Roberts, writing on the Sophos Naked Security blog, said the leaked information includes a listing of administrative account names, which could open the hacked servers to subsequent "brute force attacks."

"Little is known about the group claiming responsibility for the attack," he said.

"However, they allege that the weather.gov hack was just one of many US government hacks the group had carried out and that more releases are pending."

The weather service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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albrit
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
This is simply a smearing tactic.
This smearing tactic trying to label people from kosovo as terrorist hackers is total rubbish and such news should be banned. Otherwise why don't you publish the name of the group that claimed credit.
ValeriaT
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
Whenever some extremist activity appears on the world today, the Muslims are usually responsible for it. Of course this report could be fabricated for to justify the nearing attack to Iran, but the brute force attack doesn't require too great qualification of hackers: it's simply trial and error approach.
IronhorseA
not rated yet Oct 20, 2012
So, the weather report will be off for a few days. I think we'll live ;P
speakermagnet
not rated yet Oct 21, 2012
How will we know the weather service has even been hacked? Will we start to see predictions that are more accurate?

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