The leak of employee names, e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and the same data of the European Space Agency's subscribers is the result of the hackers claiming to be Anonymous.
HackRead, who claimed to be the author of a hacker attack, justified their behavior in a rather absurd way: "BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN AND WE HAVE TO DO TO KNOW FOR FUN WE KNOW IT FOR IT"
European Space Agency is not to laugh. Stolen personal and credential information has been posted on the website and can fall into the hands of cybercriminals and be used for targeted phishing attacks. There is also a risk that hackers may use passwords to unlock other online accounts.
Steve Ragan of the CSO portal analyzed 8107 passwords that leaked, finding that 39% of them had just three letters (eg, esa, 469, 136, etc.). Second place was the 8-character password, but it was designed in such a way that most password-cracking programs could handle them with basic dictionaries.
If any reader is a registered ESA user, he / she must make sure he / she does not use the same password on any other web site, and also be allergic to unwanted emails that can reach his or her inbox.