In Retaliation for NSA Espionage Brazil Hackers Hit NASA by Mistake

HackersBrazilian hackers have hit back in retaliation for US cyber-spying on Brazil but mistook the US space agency NASA for the National Security Agency (NSA).

“Some activists decided to protest this US practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target,” a specialized blog of the Brazilian news portal UOL said.

“They hacked NASA’s web page and left the message: Stop spying on us,” it said.

The hackers’ message also called on the United States not to attack Syria.

A NASA spokesman confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of NASA websites.

“At no point were any of the agency’s primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised,” said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel.

“We are diligently taking action to investigate and reconstitute the websites impacted during web defacement incident,” he said.

The attack followed recent disclosures that the NSA spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s email communications and on the state-run energy giant Petrobras. The disclosures were based on documents obtained by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff postponed a state visit to Washington over those allegations. She announced the decision after discussing the spying row with US President Barack Obama Monday in a telephone call.

“The two presidents decided to postpone the state visit since the outcome of this visit should not be conditioned on an issue which for Brazil has not been satisfactorily resolved,” a statement from Rousseff’s office said.

Originally scheduled for October, the visit will take place as soon as possible after the U.S. government explains allegations that it spied on Rousseff and Brazilian companies, Brazil’s presidential press office added in a statement posted on its website.

Obama regrets concerns generated by the allegations and will work to improve relations with Brazil, White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

The decision to cancel came less than a day after Obama personally called his Brazilian counterpart. It is the latest fallout from revelations about U.S. interception of Internet and telephone traffic that was expanded after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Rousseff is demanding a full explanation for allegations that the US National Security Agency monitored her communications with top aides. The charges were disclosed by TV Globo on Sept. 1 and based on secret documents from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. On Sept. 8, TV Globo reported the NSA also spied on state oil company PetrΓ³leo Brasileiro SA.

The spying would be a breach of sovereignty and individual privacy, the Brazilian president’s office said today.

Obama is committed to working with Rousseff “to move beyond this issue as a source of tension in our bilateral relationship,” Carney said in the statement posted on the White House website.

The postponement, discussed by the two leaders in their telephone conversation Monday night, was a “decision they made together,” Carney said at a briefing at the White House.

Opportunities that could stall include the opening of both countries’ beef markets, a bid by Chicago-based Boeing Co. (BA) to sell jet fighters, as well as technology cooperation, and nascent discussions to launch industry-specific trade negotiations, said Liz Trebat, a former executive director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.

Growing congressional cooperation to advance negotiations on a bilateral tax treaty probably would also stall. “The sense of urgency is going to be gone,” she said.

While calling off the trip, the first Brazil state visit to Washington since 1995, further sours bilateral ties, much of the damage had already been done by the breakdown of trust caused by the spying scandal, said Luiz Augusto de Castro Neves, head of Cebri, a Rio de Janeiro-based foreign relations research institute.

“Without a doubt canceling the trip carries a cost,” Castro Neves said from Rio de Janeiro on Monday. “More assertive reassurances from the U.S. would have been in order.”

The alleged spying on Petrobras and Rousseff had nothing to do with anti-terrorist intelligence and required a more accommodating stance by Washington, said Castro Neves.

However the political decision will have an economic impact since the US is one of Brazil’s two main trade partners and the deficit widened 161% in the first half of the year to 6 billion dollars from a year earlier, compared with a surplus of 5.4 billion with China. Brazil also wants to attract U.S. investment for infrastructure and oil and gas projects.



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  • Lloyd Cata

    ….constant state of ‘being’ when you were born where I was born, and survived what I survived, so each breath is a blessing and a miracle. As I sit here with my brother; the one who also survived the jungle warfare(Agent Orange – Parkinsons/Cardiac w/implant), we are indeed having one for our lost comrades, which we are grateful to have survived. One thing we agree upon wholeheartedly is that the early paranoia of the Bronx barrio is what trained us in the skills to survive war; both in the streets and on the battlefield. There is no bogey-man, and if there were he is no match for the power of Faith.

    Perhaps I have been here too long, but recently(today) I commented on the TopStory concerning the US Hack, when I get the “administrative approval” message(….?) This is certainly a new development, but if you say it did not come from ‘your server’ then it was subject to censor by my end(?…) No matter, what I said concerning that stands…(!)

    This rain appears to be a good thing, sending people indoors where they are not reserved to just look, but enjoy the other aspects of human physiology πŸ˜‰ In fact, me and the brother were wondering about what to buy for our ladies and I was reading about the Brazil fashion, so I will put in a well-deserved plug for my favorite female boutique; MinxouriVintage(etsy).

    Perhaps the half of the household who is of higher birthright than us peasants, who would like nothing better than to get on the tractor after a good rain(highly recommended), would appreciate the site, …and yes, there are also wares for the bootilicious patrons of Asp’s cabana, as well as attire for the professional “class-A” personages :D:D Enjoy, and cheers right back atcha[quote][/quote]:-)8)

  • wavettore

    Some monkey business
    Obama should not be the one to be blamed. When each and everyone is monitored by NSA and many other secret State agencies those info were not requested by the US Government but from a parallel government who has the will and definitely the ability to collect enough data from everyone.

    β€œAn Anglo-Judaic group of Zionists, like a hidden parallel government, with George Bush still today at the head of secret services in the US, UK and Israel, is the destabilizing force behind most terror events and with classified information at disposal and a private army is plotting what now would seem unthinkable to many…like a War of Religion and chaos everywhere so that desperate people will soon invoke a New World Order without even knowing what that is.”

    But who are these Zionists? How are they different from you? One thing is sure: Trust is not in their vocabulary. One day they could be winking at each other for having killed maybe a billion people, like Bush winked before going Live on TV after 9/11. His brother Neil Bush, instead, had fun with the system when he was convicted to pay only $50,000 in the Savings and Loan scandal that was the largest robbery in all history at the time before Enron.

    Only he who is born and grown in the home of a CIA director has the possibility to know β€œEvil” at an early age and witness the tortures entertained in the interrogation rooms. Some sort of parallel could be made with the Roman emperor Tiberius and Caligula who grew as a child living close to his cruel mentor. Such experience brings to have one awareness possibly different than yours and that is why you may find difficult to believe these words.
    The events will anyway remind you that the Beast is still at large.

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