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Originally posted by LightSpeedDriver
reply to post by anydaynow18
Presumably government networks are well protected and monitored and the data or files you are referring to might not even be in digital form or accessible on computers. I'm sure all the damning stuff either doesn't exist or is buried at secret locations accessible only to a privileged few. I mean, why risk letting a secret come out if you can hide or destroy it? Digital information makes destroying it as simple as pushing a button.
ETA Many years ago an Scottish guy called Gary McKinnon "hacked" into NASA systems and claims he saw a document that mentioned "Extra Terrestrial Officers". He is (possibly?) awaiting extradition to the US on trumped up charges (he actually hacked nothing) but by his own admission smoked much Cannabis, suffered from depression and has since been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Take it for what you will.edit on 6/3/12 by LightSpeedDriver because: ETA
Originally posted by anydaynow18
I was just thinking, what if the hacker group Anonymous were to hack into government files and release information about ET life? These guys (or girls) seem to be able to hack into anything, who's to say they won't release something related to ET's/life on other planets?
Originally posted by TrueBrit
Just an FYI here. What Gary McKinnon did, can not , and should not be legitimately refered to as hacking. Hacking requires that a person accesses data that is encrypted and protected. What Mr McKinnon did, was prove that NASA's data was not secured in any fashion. He did the equivalent of walking into a bookstore, and reading a book. He did not have to pick a digital lock, nor cheat his way through passcode access programs, or do any coding. There was, in short, no hacking.
Originally posted by Maponos
You want to stop anon getting the super secret files?
Stick a folder called "giant porn stash" in the same directory. Its all about priorities after all.
Seriously though Sabu wasn't even anon (LuzSec formed as a splinter group remember) so how his arrest means the end of anon I dont know, expect the enemy you dont know as opposed to the enemy you do from now on as a lot of the US/UK/EU users will be spooked.
Originally posted by Maponos
His case is awaiting judicial review and a review of the one way extradition process we have in the UK
Also, Nasa never did come clean "In 2006, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed with NASA for all documents pertaining to Gary McKinnon.
(b) The requirements of this part to make Agency records available do not apply to matters that are--
(i) Specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive Order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy and
(ii) Are in fact properly classified pursuant to such Executive Order;
(2) Related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of NASA;
(3) Specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other than 5 U.S.C. 552), provided that such statute:
(i) Requires that the matters be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue, or
(ii) Establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld;
They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.
Because I was using a Java application, I could only get a screenshot of the picture -- it did not go into my temporary internet files. At my crowning moment, someone at NASA discovered what I was doing and I was disconnected.
I also got access to Excel spreadsheets. One was titled "Non-Terrestrial Officers." It contained names and ranks of U.S. Air Force personnel who are not registered anywhere else. It also contained information about ship-to-ship transfers, but I've never seen the names of these ships noted anywhere else."