The hacker group known as Anonymous sent conspiracy theorist and most of the internet into meltdown on Monday following the release of a video which claimed NASA was on the verge of officially announcing the discovery of alien life.
The video, which ran with ads, was uploaded to an unofficial YouTube channel that claimed to be affiliated to Anonymous.
In the video, rather than revealing information from leaked documents, a masked presenter cites statements from associate administrator for Nasa Thomas Zurbuchen made during a congressional hearing on ‘Advances in the Search for Life’ which was held in April.
The presenter, wearing the group’s famous Guy Fawkes mask quotes Dr Zurbuchen as saying: “Our civilisation is on the verge of discovering evidence of alien life in the cosmos.
“Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life we are on the verge of making one of the most profound and unprecedented discoveries in history.”
The presenter goes on to say that a number of recent findings, including the discovery of oceans on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons and the presence of hydrogen found on the moon of Saturn, provide grounds that humans must be close to encountering alien life.
Last week, NASA revealed that it had discovered 219 new planets located outside our solar system, 10 of which are thought to be similar to Earth.
Contrary to some reports, there’s no pending announcement from NASA regarding extraterrestrial life.
— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 26, 2017
However, Dr Zurbuchen who is the subject of the Anonymous video, took to Twitter to say the reports are false and that we still do not know if extraterrestrial life exists in the universe.
“Contrary to some reports, there’s no pending announcement from NASA regarding extraterrestrial life,” Dr Zurbuchen posted.