NASA spacecraft has its Twitter hacked by someone’s butt

Graham Cluley

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Popular Science reports:

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft looks for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. This morning, Kepler’s Twitter account got hacked… and showed its 569,000 followers a moon.

The hacker(s?) pinned a tweet displaying a red underwear-clad butt, which has since been deleted, but not before showing up on the NASA homepage.

Sadly, it’s not unusual to encounter Twitter accounts hijacked by porn spammers in this way. Your best defence? Choose a strong, hard-to-crack, unique password for your Twitter account and enable two-step verification to make it harder for hackers to break in.

It is also good practice to periodically check what applications and third-party sites you have connected to your Twitter account, and revoke access to anything you don’t need any longer.

Uranus, anybody? I’ll get my coat…

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One Reply to “NASA spacecraft has its Twitter hacked by someone’s butt”

  1. That's hilarious. It does show what can be done if someone were malicious. Is there a hack to permanently get rid of the woodchucks eating my garden and the outside rats infesting everything/? I'm about ready to buy genuine Fenn traps. Which supplier sells the real McCoy? Would they ship them across the pond? These blow away anything we have here, but, I don't want the Chinese knockoffs.

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