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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Romanian Hackers Broke into NASA

Romanian Hackers Broke into NASA

Romanian Hackers Broke into NASA

Added: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Romanian police have caught a 26-year-old hacker accused of breaking into several NASA servers, which caused $500,000 in damages.


The country’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism swooped on the Cluj home of a guy named Robert Butyka. According to media reports, he was known by the Internet handle of “Iceman”, but not known locally as the guy with all the brains. In fact, he has no higher education and is unemployed.

Apparently, within the last year, Butyka has hacked into a number of NASA servers, destroyed protected information and restricted access to the data. Robert Butyka has been charged with obtaining unauthorized access (which led to severe disruptions to a computer system), as well as with modifying, damaging and restricting access to information without authorization and possession of hacking software.

Local press reported that Butyka is sitting in a cell at the moment, while prosecutors are requesting for a court order that would allow to extend the detention period. They have already seized a few computers at Butyka’s home when they were searching it. Surprisingly enough, the United States hasn’t asked for an extradition order like it did in another case with Gary McKinnon. This means that the Romanians will have to try in him in their own country.

Actually, Robert Butyka isn’t the first Romanian hacker to target computer systems belonging to NASA. The matter is that for some reason the American space agency is a very popular target for Romanian hackers. For example, another Romanian named Victor Faur has also hacked into several servers owned by NASA, the American Department of Energy and the American Navy back in 2005. Today Faur is appealing a court ruling that ordered him to pay $240,000 in damages to the American government. Victor Faur has also received a 16-month suspended prison sentence three years ago. However, he keeps insisting that his activity didn’t damage the systems that were accessed without authorization. Faur’s legal defense team announced in the interview that the government of the United States had just picked a damages figure from the air. They also claimed that the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient proof which would justify the damage calculation.

November 22nd,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Comments (24) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-11-22 12:16:30)
Divin avatarWTF ! Nice Work ! But Too Bad Got Caught !

posted by (2011-11-22 13:07:59)
No avataryaar what GrEat..woRRkk....................but hi caught...........thats nOt goOD.

posted by Turtle (2011-11-22 13:10:42)
D4T4 avatar@Divin, don't know where you're coming from on this one. He destroyed protected data and restricted access. But what did he get out of it? MPAA or similar I could understand, but NASA? Can't see the point apart from just being a twat!

posted by (2011-11-22 13:22:22)
mazzrim101 avatarWhy is it "nice work, to bad ya got caught"? I don't see the point of hacking and just being a vandal. This is no different than walking down a street and throwing bricks through windows. Smart enough to do it yet to stupid to do anything good with it.

posted by (2011-11-22 14:13:49)
CopyrightMan avataryeah good job, great work keep telling these sort of things to a hacker and next time he might hack some military servers and just kills a few billion peoples!
you'll never know what kind of psychopath is behind that computer.

posted by Turtle (2011-11-22 16:23:38)
bigcow2k avatarLOL this tell us that NASA's security systems is such crap that even some guy with lower education lvl can hack into it.

haha prob he's just searching for some proof of ET (extra terrestials i mean lol) but somehow left a trail of collateral damage..lmao

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-11-22 17:04:01)
fusseltier avatartoo bad they can't put that much effort into having and maintaining a real job.
but, the romanian mafia is vast and he was probably working for them.

posted by (2011-11-22 17:09:06)
firoj avatarGOOD WORK I LIKE IT

posted by (2011-11-22 17:42:04)
Eagle12 avatardam kid.. just tryin 2 showoff.

posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2011-11-22 19:48:46)
Jooge avatarBeing a brain doesn't = intelligence. I expect this genius to receive a "darwin" award.

posted by ModeratorXbox (2011-11-22 19:57:01)
LoMX avatarAh! Very bad as he got caught ? Let him FREE please, He is doing a great work ahead.. ^^

posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2011-11-22 20:01:45)
SiLvErDuSt avatarlol makes a change from ebay accounts

posted by (2011-11-22 20:11:30)
Mad_Man avatarHackers do things just to proof they can do it.Don't matter if its Important or Worthless.USA Needs to wake the FK up!Whats next Missle silohs.No Extradition Order goes to show in the first Place how he Hacked us we dont have the since to Trial him hear.All they will do is give the guy a Pat on the back in Romania and Give him Free Internet>lol.USA WAKE THE FK UP!

posted by (2011-11-22 20:48:31)
uax4it avatarIf u all think america is online with its defense secrets you all smoke to much Crack! America invented the world wide web they gave you just a small portion so you can all beat you Meat........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=493ljyoox6o

posted by (2011-11-22 22:19:47)
DEMONLORD avatarnow they know a weekness in there servers

posted by Turtle (2011-11-22 23:01:04)
bigcow2k avatarlol they ALWAYS have a weakness somewhere

posted by (2011-11-23 04:00:18)
kingtiger01 avatarthis is the result of lack of planning... they *Think* there invulnerable because some one designed the network that was a "Expert" in the early 2000's.

They dont hire Security analysts once a year for intrusion analysis and entry testing. They dont upgrade hardware every 2.3 years and they dont upgrade software every 9 months...

Result = Insecure Network and Computer Systems... Youre weakest link is the people that work for you... Most rootkits get installed users, because of a failure for internal IT. Since most company's outsource there IT services, system go unmanaged and it becomes insecure within 2 months...

posted by (2011-11-23 05:09:56)
tianong avatarthere we go on outsourcing...i agree with you #17

posted by (2011-11-23 06:33:58)
aliensss avatarRobert Butyka rocks

posted by (2011-11-23 20:59:45)
Black_Blade avatarYup.......................Robert Butyka Rocks Indeed.
& Well Said "Mad_Man".
There Was No Point in Hacking if He didn't got Busted.
I Think Busting Himself was His Plan All Along...................Now Due To This...............He Became a Legend & Made His Name is the Hackers Bingo Book.
Hats-Off To "Robert Butyka".

posted by (2011-11-23 22:34:46)
No avatarScript Kiddie, nothing more. and if he was working for Romanian syndicates, which I doubt, he should've looked into what happened to some members of Computer Chaos Club when they botched "work" for the KGB.

posted by (2011-11-24 22:29:56)
No avatar@#14 ... hmmm America invented the World Wide Web .. sorry wrong.

WWW was created by a British guy named Tim Burners-Lee who, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.

He wrote his initial proposal in March 1989, and in 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau (with whom he shared the 1995 ACM Software System Award), produced a revision which was accepted by his manager, Mike Sendall. He used similar ideas to those underlying the ENQUIRE system to create the World Wide Web, for which he designed and built the first Web browser, which also functioned as an editor (WorldWideWeb, running on the NeXTSTEP operating system), and the first Web server, CERN HTTPd (short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol daemon).

Source -

posted by (2011-11-25 15:55:56)
No avatar#22 #14 You are both right. Americans invented and created the Internet of which HTTP is actually a small part. America continues to be the source for the vast majority of Internet technology development and infrastructure hosting. Hate them if you must though, lol.

Also networked hypertext wasn't exactly novel.. I remember many different implementations being tried out around that time period. It was a hot topic then, even for me. One that used the Internet as it's backbone and free to use by anyone obviously had a decided advantage in the end.

Also, as someone else alluded to - Romanian fascination with NASA mostly stems from that country's obsession with belief in various science fiction including ET cover-ups. Just read their newspapers and magazines...

posted by (2011-11-25 21:42:53)
No avatarhow many of u knew where romania is before of this?? i am romanian and i'm proud of it the one who broke in to nasa servers it whas loking for a job and how better to promote your'e self

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