The European Space Agency (ESA)’s website was broken into, on Sunday, by a notorious Romanian hacker, who calls himself “TinKode” and who has, previously, managed to hack into the British Royal Navy’s, the US military’s and even NASA servers. The Romanian hacked into the web server of the www.esa.int website and opened classified documents, including projects related to satellite activity.
The hacker disclosed his attack (though not the method used) on his own website, where he posted, among other data, hundreds of email addresses, databases of users and passwords belonging to prestigious European scientific institutions and companies, including CERN or BAE Systems. “TinKode” claims he sent an email to ESA, which has its headquarters in Paris, in which he promptly announced his attack. Apparently, the hacker wanted to mark, by his gesture, the anniversary of the safe return on Earth, on April 17, 1970, of the Apollo shuttle, after its failure to reach the Moon. The European Space Agency subsequently confirmed the attack, but stated the main website and its internal network had not been affected.