Nearly a dozen NASA websites run from the heart of Silicon Valley were hacked on Tuesday and remain offline days later, following a politically motivated digital broadside against the space agency.
“My understanding is the entire NASA Ames Center had a hack attack that took the website down,” spokesman JD Harrington told FoxNews.com.
The Ames Center in Mountain View, Calif., where scientists once worked on the Viking and Pioneer spacecraft, currently houses high-tech facilities for NASA and others; Google leases 42.2 acres at Ames for a planned 1.2 million square foot of office and R&D space, for example.
A group calling itself BMPoC took credit for the hack, saying it had taken down the sites to protest U.S. cyberintelligence activities.
"On Sept. 9, 2013, a Brazilian hacker group posted a political message on a NASA web site," NASA's Beth Dickey told FoxNews.com. "NASA discovered the message within hours of its initial post and immediately started an investigation. The investigation is ongoing. IT Security remains a critical function at NASA. At no point were any sensitive, mission, or classified systems compromised."
The group has apparently hacked not just one but several websites that housed information on the Kepler space telescope, planetary exploration, the moon and more, all run out of Ames Research Center.
They include kepler.arc.nasa.gov, event.arc.nasa.gov, academy.arc.nasa.gov, planetaryprotection.nasa.gov, nextgenlunar.arc.nasa.gov, lunarscience.nasa.gov, iln.arc.nasa.gov and more, according to NASA Watch.
A notice on the kepler.arc.nasa.gov website simply reads “Down for Maintenance: The requested webpage is down for maintenance. Please try again later.”