Smashing Security podcast #143: Hacking from outer space, Ukrainian cryptomining, and deepfaked Canadians

Was a cybercrime committed on the International Space Station? What on earth were Ukrainian scientists thinking when they plugged a nuclear power station into the internet? And someone has cloned Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson’s voice…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Mark Stockley.

NASA spacecraft has its Twitter hacked by someone’s butt

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

Barack Obama’s SSL certificate, NASA and NIST among those to fall as government shutdown hits sites

Barack Obama’s website may still be up and running, but no-one has paid for his SSL certificate to be renewed.

Chinese "spy" steals NASA laptop. No secrets on hard drive. Only porn

A Chinese research scientist, suspected of spying on NASA, was pulled off a plane by the FBI as it prepared to take off back to his home country.

But when investigators examined a NASA laptop in Bo Jiang’s possession they found no evidence of confidential data stolen from the administration. Instead, they found pirated movies and pornography.

Gary McKinnon saved from extradition after ten year fight

Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who has been fighting a high profile campaign for ten years to avoid extradition to the United States, has had his extradition blocked by the UK government.

Gary McKinnon extradition – decision due

British hacker Gary McKinnon will find out today whether or not he will be extradited and stand trial in the United States for what was described as “the biggest military computer hack of all time”.

TinKode sentenced after hacking Oracle, NASA and others to expose weak security

The infamous hacker known as TinKode has been sentenced by a Romanian court – receiving a hefty fine and a suspended prison sentence.

Man charged with NASA hack, on 10th anniversary of Gary McKinnon’s arrest

It’s ten years since British hacker Gary McKinnon was arrested, and now another hacker has been indicted for allegedly hacking into NASA computers.

TinKode arrested for suspected hack of NASA and Pentagon servers

Police believe that they may have apprehended the notorious hacker TinKode, who in the past has hacked into government and military websites, exposing their poor security.

Hackers targeted US government satellites, Congressional report claims

It sounds like the stuff of James Bond – foreign hackers managing to gain unauthorised access to US satellites as they orbit 700 km above the Earth, and interfere with their controls.

But, according to a US Congressional Report, it’s not fiction..

TinKode hacks into NASA servers, posts evidence of breach online

A hacker with a history of breaking into high profile websites to expose poor security has claimed to have broken into servers belonging to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Are your web servers properly secured?

Bad news for NASA hacker Gary McKinnon – extradition seems imminent

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NASA hacker’s extradition to USA delayed by British Home Office

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Hacker Gary McKinnon fails to have his case heard in front of UK Supreme Court

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NASA hacker Gary McKinnon denied UK trial – CPS refuses to bring charges

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, supports NASA hacker

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