Anonymous, the global hacking collective, believes that alien life exists—and that NASA is about to confirm it.

It’s a pretty bold statement, but before you get too excited, we’ve checked the science, and let’s be clear right up front that Anonymous doesn’t appear to have any substantial new evidence to back up their speculation.

In fact, their latest video announcement centres around the Kepler Space Telescope’s latest discovery of 219 new planet candidates outside our Solar System, as well as comments made by Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen at a US government hearing back in April.

“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, unprecedented, discoveries in history,” Zurbuchen said during the recent congressional hearing of the committee on ‘Advances in the Search for Life’, on April 26.

Anonymous has taken Zurbuchen’s enthusiastic testimony from that hearing (which you can watch in full at the bottom of this story), alongside the latest Kepler discovery – as well as a few other statements from former astronauts and alien enthusiasts – as evidence “something is going on in the skies above”.

So what’s going on here? Are we really on the verge of finding evidence of alien life?

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