December 14, 2015

"Claiming the name Anonymous, those responsible for a weekend data breach at the European Space Agency (ESA) said the act was one of pure amusement (lulz) and not part of a larger scheme or protest."

CSO The compromised records were discovered on the ESA subdomains targeted by Anonymous, including,, and by Steve Ragan

'Once the records were copied, they were posted to a public document server and shared among various people online. The post exposing the breached data says the ESA attack was done for amusement only (lulz), and promoted the IRC server and the OpNewBlood / FreeAnons channels.

'Along with database schemas and server stats, a second post by Anonymous also included 8,107 names, email addresses, and passwords. A third post exposed contact details for various ESA supporters and researchers. The leaked data highlights a troubling problem with regard to passwords used on the compromised domains. Of the 8,107 passwords exposed, 39 percent (3,191) of them were just three characters long (e.g. 'esa', '469', '136', etc.).'

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