Whistleblowers’ evidence of NASA UFO fraud might kill UK hacker case

By | January 18, 2009

Gary McKinnonEvidence that US space agency NASA has defrauded US taxpayers for billions of dollars could scrap NASA’s case against UK hacker Gary McKinnon. Credible witnesses have claimed that NASA has altered or destroyed its photos containing images of UFOs. This could become a legal and public relations nightmare for NASA.

The space agency is attempting to prosecute McKinnon for hacking into NASA computer files. McKinnon has stated that he saw UFO-related files in NASA’s computers. But NASA has denied any “cover-up”.

NASA’s claim of innocence faces a serious challenge. Some of the whistle blowers are former NASA employees and contractors with inside knowledge of NASA’s operation. If NASA’s destruction of public property is confirmed, the alleged cost of McKinnon’s hacking would be insignificant compared to NASA’s annual funding of more than $17 billion. Even worse, NASA’s year 2000 mission statement boasted that it is “ethical and honest” in all that they do.

Part of NASA’s mission is to look for signs of intelligent life in outer space. So asking for more money to ‘look’, after they’ve already destroyed evidence that they ‘found’, is a not going to be easy.

Among these whistleblowers are US Air Force Sergeant Karl Wolfe, former NASA employee Donna Hare, and former NASA engineer John Schuessler. Wolfe and Hare exposed some of NASA’s misdeeds at the May 9, 2001 Disclosure Project press conference in Washington, D.C. They both offered to give similar testimony before the U.S. Congress.

According to the Disclosure Project:

Donna Hare had a secret clearance while working for NASA contractor, Philco Ford. She testifies that she was shown a photo of a picture with a distinct UFO. Her colleague explained that it was his job to airbrush such evidence of UFOs out of photographs before they were released to the public. She also heard information from other Johnson Space Center employees that some astronauts had seen extraterrestrial craft and that when some of them wanted to speak out about this they were threatened.” [See Hare’s testimony at 100:10 minutes into the May 9, 2001 Disclosure Project press conference. … continues on alien-earth

Things that don’t sum:  1) Screen shots are easy, 2) Secret military systems don’t connect to the Internet. They are on a different network. 3) He would not have been allowed to walk free and talk to the press. 4) Administrator accounts with blank passwords on NASA computers.

I wonder how involved the Disclosure Project is with McKinnon. Their  objectives are similar: Get people to believe the US Govt is sitting on advanced alien UFO and free energy technology.

For more background on the Disclosure Project’s links and philosphy, read Dr. Steven Greer’s comments about the attacks of 9.11.2001.

4 thoughts on “Whistleblowers’ evidence of NASA UFO fraud might kill UK hacker case

  1. Rich

    Hi there,

    As a Brit, I’ve been following the McKinnon case. In my opinion, McKinnon’s strongest card is the images he claims to have seen on NASA’s network. However, the images he allegedly found and the general subject matter are rarely, if ever, mentioned in the media.

    Yes there are some very curious, unresolved issues here.

    1. Screenshots – yes they are very easy but McKinnon has said that he was on a slow dial-up connection (the alleged offence took place some years ago) and the image file he saw was a large MB sized file.

    2. It may well be that military systems don’t connect to the internet but nonetheless, McKinnon did access a NASA network. He has admitted that and presumably, he would not be prosecuted for doing nothing.

    3. Walking free/talking to the press – he is currently free because he hasn’t been convicted of any offence. Is there any law that prevents him talking to the press? Who would stop him?

    4. The lack of basic network security on such a sensitive network is just bizarre. Either NASA’s IT dept is so incompetent/naive/arrogant to believe that no one would attempt to access their network. Or, going out on a conspiratorial limb, someone wanted UFO-minded hackers to enter and find certain materials.

    Donna Hare is widely known within UFO circles for her statements regarding the airbrushing of photos at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She even named the precise building this work was done is – Building 8. Assuming she was telling the truth, I find it odd that once security had been compromised, nothing had been done to protect the information. I find it very hard to believe that an ex NASA employee with such explosive information would not be under surveillance. Why was the material at Building 8 not secured? One could easily conclude that a breadcrumb trail has been left here.

    Other questions – McKinnon has also said that there were other hackers on the network at the same time, yet they seem to have been left alone. Why has McKinnon been singled out for prosecution?

    Can one really mount a prosecution for the offence of hacking when one’s network is completely exposed to external visitors? Were NASA’s security simply unaware of Donna Hare’s presumably unauthorised disclosures?

  2. Xeno Post author

    I guess he worked his way up, using lower level systems to get higher levels of access. As I read more, it sounds more believable…

    McKinnon was accused of one of the biggest military hacks ever, after he hacked into a series of sites belonging to the US Army, Air Force, Department of Defence and Nasa. The US government alleged that McKinnon’s hacking activities caused $700,000 (£350,000) worth of damage. McKinnon has always maintained his activities were harmless, and that he was merely looking for evidence of UFOs. – zdnet

    US prosecutors allege that McKinnon gained unauthorised entry to 97 computers belonging to the US army, navy, air force and Nasa between February 2001 and March 2002, and scanned another 73,000 computer systems hoping to enter them as well. They further allege he caused £350,000 worth of damage.

    … It was child’s play to get into US military systems, McKinnon said. Many were using blank or default passwords to access their servers’ Netbios operating system. This allowed the former systems administrator to gain administrator privileges easily. Once in he could search for files, see who else was on the network, and even reset passwords and user privileges.

    He admitted writing Perl scripts to harvest passwords, and to using password crackers to get into more protected systems. Once he was inside a network, especially a military network, McKinnon found that other computer systems considered him a trusted user. This was how he was able to get into the Pentagon’s network. “It was really by accident,” he said.

    McKinnon said he was detected after he he got lazy, leaving messages on federal systems.”

    Messages? What messages? Ah, here is one of his messages:

    US prosecutors allege that he caused nearly $1 million (£550,000) in damage. The US military says that he rendered 300 computers at a US Navy weapons station unusable immediately after the September 11 attacks.

    Mr McKinnon had become obsessed with a theory that the US was using alien technologies to create weapons and “free energy”. He gave up his job and spent hours every night hacking in search of evidence.

    He hacked into 53 US Army computers and 26 US Navy computers, including those at US Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, which is responsible for replenishing munitions and supplies for the Atlantic Fleet. Calling himself Solo, he left a threatening message: “US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days? It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year . . . I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels.” – timesonline

    McKinnon, who claims he came across Russian and Chinese hackers on the U.S. computers, has said: ‘What I did was illegal and wrong, and I accept I should be punished. But I am not a member of Al Qaeda. I believe my case is being treated so seriously because they’re scared of what I’ve seen. … He gave up work to pursue the search every night, clad in his dressing gown and smoking cannabis in his bedroom at a house belonging to his girlfriend’s aunt.

    He used programs sold on the internet to discover that thousands of U.S. military computers effectively had no passwords.

    McKinnon said: ‘I was amazed at the lack of security. The reason I left not just one note, but multiple notes on multiple desktops was to say, “Look, this is ridiculous”.’ –dailymail

    Sounds like he was attempting to alert the people he hacked that their systems were not secure. That should count for something in his defense.

  3. Rich

    According to the info on McKinnon’s defence blog (http://freegary.org.uk/), he has signed a confession admitting to “computer misuse” but has not confessed to any “financial damage”.

    If memory serves, initially McKinnon was not charged with any computer damage. Only later, when his extradition was demanded, did the allegations of computer damage appear.

    Altho I can’t condone his unauthorised entry to these systems, his entry was made very easy with blank and default passwords. I can’t get over that; it is so bizarre.

  4. Xeno Post author

    Right. We either believe the security was stupendously bad or that McKinnon is part of some kind of operation, perhaps something to catch the real Chinese and Russian hackers. Would the network security people for the best funded military on the planet let this happen? Pretty shocking. The movie “War Games” came out in 1983, after all.

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