Hackers Storm U.S. National Weather Service Website, Makes Sensitive Data Rain

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News Posted: Sat, Oct 20 2012 11:41 AM
It was only a matter of time before someone actually hacked the weather, but before you run outside in a panic and make a mad dash for your storm shelter, understand that your city's forecast remains unchanged, save for the typical unpredictability of it all. Hackers haven't gained control of the Sun or storm clouds, though they did break into the U.S. National Weather Service's website and steal sensitive information.

A group identifying itself as Kosova's Hacker's Security is taking credit for the attack via a pastebin.com data dump. The organization pulled off the heist by exploiting a "local file inclusion vulnerability" on the weather.gov servers, supposedly in retaliation for American aggression against Muslim nations, including the release of Flame and Stuxnet malware.

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"They hack our nuclear plants using Stuxnet and Flame like malware, they are bombing us 24/7. We can't sit silent -- hack to pay them pack," the hacking group supposedly disclosed to The Hacker News.

Included in the leaked information is a list of administrative account names, which security firm Sophos says can be used to open the hacked servers to brute force attacks against the accounts. The hacking group says more attacks are to come.
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That's what hackers can do. Sometimes, it's better for us to observe our surroundings and watch the television than surf the net and read the weather forecats which were hacked.

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