SANSA breach: International hacker group claims responsibility for Space Agency leak

A brand new web hacking group has claimed responsibility for a knowledge breach on the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). The group, CoomingProject, emerged just lately and based on claims made on its web site, it has an inventory of victims the world over.


SANSA confirmed {that a} knowledge breach occurred and mentioned the state of affairs is below management on 6 September. The Agency mentioned it caught wind of a doable breach to its IT system when a file containing SANSA data was discovered within the public area.

An inner investigation on the company decided that no community breach occurred and the info within the file dump was from a public nameless File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server that’s energetic on the SANSA facility in Hermanus, Western Cape.

“The server however had personal information of previous students at SANSA,” mentioned the Agency in an announcement.

SANSA mentioned the FTP server has since been eliminated and it intends to inform the knowledge regulator and affected events.

The Agency added that takedown requests have been despatched to the websites and domains which are internet hosting the info however the knowledge may nonetheless seem on sure web sites.

“Most of the data is information that can be accessed in the public domain as it refers to research related work in Space Science,” mentioned SANSA

The CoomingProject’s web site reads “We attack all over the world. We are not a ransomware group we are like the ShinyHunters group.” ShinyHunters is a prison blackhat hacker group that’s allegedly linked to a number of knowledge breaches and the stolen data is commonly bought on the darkish internet.


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