Astronaut accused of Bank account Hacking from Space



An astronaut in NASA has been accused of alleged hacking from space.

According to the reports NASA is investigating an accusation that an astronaut has accessed a bank account that belonged to estranged spouse, If the reports are found to be true it will be the first case of cybercrime from  home planet.

The New York Times reports, Anne McClain, is a former U.S army pilot who flew around 800combat hours during Iraq war has been accused of stealing identity and accessing private financial funds. According to the details Summer Worden, estranged spouse of Anne , accused Anne of accessing her bank credentials.After Summer contacted the bank for details of the location used to login into the account, bank found out that the credentials that were used was registered with NASA.

During the hacking event McClain was at the International Space Station, due to be part of the ill-fated all female spacewalk, putting all the clues together Worden concluded that Anne McClain was the hacker of her bank account.
McClain, returned to the earth following her six months in space and has admitted of accessing account of Worden while at the International Space Station.

McClain insisted that she had been just checking funds in the account for the kid that they both had been raising together. Lawyer Rusty Hardin said ”She strenuously denies that she did anything improper," he added that McClain was "totally cooperating."

According to the reports in Business Insider , "Worden's parents said in a separate complaint that McClain accessed the bank account as part of a "highly calculated and manipulated campaign" to obtain custody of Worden's son, who was born about a year before the couple got married."

In a twitter statement posted McClain said "There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation. I have total confidence in the IG process."

Any crime committed in the space would be under the Jurisdiction of the country of origin of the astronaut concerned


Aeronautical agency’s email account hacked

The official email account of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) was recently hacked and data manipulated, allegedly by a private aerospace engineering company.

The hackers breached into the TAN login and even changed a mobile number linked the certain account and unauthorised online corrections were made to manipulate tax returns of a private aerospace engineering company in Bengaluru.

Rangarajan S (58), a senior executive with the ADA, filed a complaint with the cybercrime police of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seeking legal action against unknown hackers on June 4. Based on the complaint, the police registered a case under various sections of the Information Technology Act and are probing.

In his complaint, Rangarajan said the hackers not only accessed details of financial transactions, but also made changes in the TDS for 2017-18. In addition to this, the hackers also allegedly changed the password, email ID and mobile IDs, and updated the PAN details of the company they belonged to. The police said the fraud might have occurred between March and May this year and come to light recently during the verification of official accounts.

“On March 31, an amount of Re 1 has been remitted to ADA’s TAN number. Also, some unknown person has filed 27EQ return of 4th quarter FY 2018-19 offline on May 7 (possibly at TIN-FC centre). ADA’s TDS Reconciliation and Correction Enabling Systems user ID and login password have been accessed unauthorisedly on May 14.”

Confirming the account’s hacking, senior ADA officials said that though there has been a breach in the account, there is no security concern. “This is not a serious issue as the account was in the open domain. No data pertaining to the agency has been compromised,” an officer said.

The cybercrime police are trying to ascertain the motive behind the hacking.