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Hackers have lifted potentially sensitive data from the US National Weather Service after exploiting a vulnerability in the website. A previously-unknown group called Kosova Hacker's Security claimed credit for the hack in a lengthy post on pastebin, containing a stream of data lifted as a result of the hack. …


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  1. The BigYin


    Not "hacking".

    Bring on the downvotes you 'tards. I can take it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Cracking"

      I'm curious if you're expecting downvotes for preferring cracker over hacker or because you're calling everyone 'tards?

      I'd also be a little concerned if downvotes were too much for you to handle.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Cracking"

        Down voters tend to be dumb fucks anyway....

        1. Anonymous Coward


          Srry! I R too dumb to click on tah right fingerie....

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Cracking" @The BigYin

      Downvotes for your superiority complex.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is anybody else reminded of Die Hard?

    Is anybody else reminded of the scene in Die Hard, where the bad guys are telling the FBI their "demands"?

    Karl: [mouthing silently] Asian Dawn?

    Hans: [covers the radio] I read about them in Time magazine.

    It seems to me these skiddies are about the same:

    "OMFG W3 K@n 707@11ee Pwnz0rZ D!S $!73."

    "Y R W3 d0!n9 d!s?"


    The crack first, then look for justification later.

    1. Bucky 2

      Re: Is anybody else reminded of Die Hard?

      Actually, I'm reminded of a line from a sketch from a short-lived comedy show called Exit 57:

      "I couldn't find the cat, so I dressed like a scarecrow." (The sketch is called "Down in the Basement" and you can find it on YouTube if you look).

  3. DragonKin37

    Hacking and Cracking its all the same right?

    WRONG!.....Please for the love of Jesus report it correctly!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hacking and Cracking its all the same right?

      Getting unauthorised entry into systems has been called hacking for decades. Sorry if that damages your ability to impress chicks by telling them you're a hacker because you think it makes you sound cool.. To you too of course, BigYin.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Hacking and Cracking its all the same right?

        "Getting unauthorised entry into systems has been called hacking for decades."

        No, it hasn't. Unless you're a skiddie.

  4. Arachnoid

    So the Hackers F****ed up the weather not the Politicians

    1. stragen001

      "They hack our nuclear plants using STUXNET and FLAME like malwares, they are bombing us 27*7, we can't sit silent - hack to payback them,"

      Wow, thats a serious attack. They invented 3 more hours in the day just so they could do it!

      (Also, you would have thought a tech news site would know the difference between hacking and cracking...)

      1. unitron

        That's American superiority, bub!

        27 hours worth of bombs in just 24 hours, and we can do it all day, every day.

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  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Just totally bemused by this. I think I need one (or several) of these.

  7. multipharious


    I bet they lit incense, gazed into the ether and were sent a vulnerability from the other side of the Moon. Invoke the secret fuzzers! Bring on the zero days! Reverse engineer the most recent patches!

    No, scratch that...they stumbled upon a vulnerable website and stuck their flag in as if they actually killed something.

  8. adnim

    hacking vs cracking

    Cracking is what one does to nuts. Hacking is what one does if one of those nuts gets stuck.

  9. Tank boy


    NOAA is the best they could come up with? I guess with them being bombed 27*7, it's quite an accomplishment. But being a Friday, why weren't they at the Mosque?

  10. Mr Young

    "hack our nuclear plants"

    Until now I thought nuclear was safe?

    1. pierce

      Re: "hack our nuclear plants"

      remember, Homer Simpson works at a nuclear plant.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Draw the line

    I appreciate that lines are made to be crossed, and even sacred things aren't sacred anymore. But come on, it's the f*****g weather people. Leave it out hackers/crackers etc.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Obligatory XKCD

  13. Comments are attributed to your handle

    "they are bombing us 27*7"

    Damn, any country that drops bombs 27 hours a day means business.

  14. nsld

    I see the masterplan

    They are hoping to ruin weekend picnics and leave everyone wet, cold and open to colds and flu.

    Then they will buy shares in Lemsip and profit from our demise.


  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More ASSnonymous to do the Perp Walk

    What morons. It will be fun to see them squeal.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    So they found a file inclusion bug which let them read any file on the server, given they knew the file location, read a few system files off which are almost completely useless (not even passwords).

    Then they failed to convert this into a useful hack and publicize it shouting how great they are?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Fail.

      "let them read any file on the server"

      Not ANY file surely, just the ones with permissions that matched.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Fail.

        Yep, thanks for clarifying.

  17. jake Silver badge

    They can see the weather on their computers?

    And that's a hack? Me, personally, I look out the window.

    (At the moment: cool, clear, Waxing Crescent, 5 days since new moon ...).

  18. Scott Broukell

    Presumably .....

    The data they snitched was from cloud-based storage. <groan>

  19. R 16

    lulz and stop

    i cant anything except lol.

    "file inclusion vulnerability"

    thats not a hack. its a script. kiddies!

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nah, thats not a hack

    Using a quantum wormhole manufactured at the LHC to time travel back to late 1947 in order to take pictures of the Roswell crash debris then posting it online, now *THAT* is a hack.

    AC, in case AnonyLulMalPwn or whatever they are called actually try this one..

  21. JeffyPooh

    OMG - that explains it...

    I looked out the window and all the clouds in the sky were going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth in unison. I thought maybe Top Gear was in town, perhaps filming a segment about the new Jag-u-ar F-Type, but it musta been those damn cr/hackers fiddling with the weather.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    its important to use the right terminology

    crackers are skilled masters of the cyber security world

    hackers just run scripts and dick around

    (waits for downvotes)

  23. Anonymous Coward

    You know Iran is an ancient society....

    when they have the 27 hour days!!

    /snare drum

    Thank you! I'm here all week!!

    1. I think so I am?

      Re: You know Iran is an ancient society....

      I would say "you should stick to the day job" - But as your here all week, I guess telling crap jokes is your job.

  24. Arachnoid

    It was the goverment I tell you.Changing the day to 27 hours makes it a longer working week

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