The Twitter account of NASA Director and Senior Air Transport System Technologist Mr. Parimal Kopardekar (@nasapk) has been hacked by the “Mighty Greek Army” group reports Pierluigi Paganini of Security affairs.
After making contact with the hackers, Paganini said they had no plans to do anything wrong with the NASA director’s account, but rather to test for security holes.
“I contacted the group for comment, a spokesperson told me they targeted the director of NASA for fun, the attack was not politically motivated. They chose Kopardekar because they were looking for someone who works at NASA.
“I asked them how they hacked the account and they claim to have an exploit that allows them to take over the Twitter accounts, but I couldn’t verify it.
“The group told me they are hacking for the sake of demonstrating that ‘no one is safe online’. writes Paganini.
In April 2020, writes Paganini, the same group compromised the twitter account of Vice-Presidents of the Greek Parliament and KINAL MP Odysseas Konstantinopoulos.
At the time, they posted the following statement:
“Government, we have warned you. Don’t lie to your own people anymore “states one of the posts posted by the compromised account, while in another post he posted it said:” To clarify something. We have NO problem with this one, with the one with whom we have a big problem, it is the government and its movements. Friendship”.
The group’s casualty list is long and includes the Nigerian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Nigeria, the National Bank of North Macedonia and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense.
RESOURCE | ABOUT PARIMAL KOPARDEKAR
Parimal Kopardekar is Principal Technologist for NASA as Air Transport Systems and Principal Investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management Project at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in industrial engineering and a bachelor’s degree in production engineering.
He is the recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals in the promising innovation category for the UTM system in 2018.
Parimal Kopardekar is the inventor of the UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management) and the director of the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute. UTM software was recognized as NASA’s 2019 software of the year and the UTM patent, the invention of the NASA government in 2020.
The UTM system was developed by NASA in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and more than 100 industrial and academic partners. The UTM system enables automated airspace access to small unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones) to operate in low-altitude airspace below 400 feet (120 m). The operational version of the UTM system is deployed by the FAA and is known as the Low Altitude Clearance and Notification Capability (LAANC). LAANC is currently available at 726 airports in the United States[Wiki]