Acronyms can be muddling, especially across language. And the mistake a group of Brazilian hackers reportedly made is an understandable one: Aiming at the NSA, the hackers attacked NASA's website and left the message, "stop spying on us" on the home page. Perhaps the aim had been a conspiracy-theory fueled attack on spy satellites, more than likely, however, the hackers had wanted to target the well-documented and sprawling NSA spycraft.
The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper reported:
A NASA spokesman confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of NASA websites.
"At no point were any of the agency's primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised," said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel.