Nasa is on the verge of announcing that aliens do exist, according to the hacker collective Anonymous.
The claim was made last week on a YouTube account affiliated to the hacking group and has been viewed almost one million times.
In the video, Anonymous quotes statements made by Nasa associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen in April during a congressional hearing on ‘Advances in the Search for Life’.
The group quoted him 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 Anonymous video was posted in the same week that Nasa announced it had discovered 219 new planets.
They were identified by the Kepler telescope and included ten planets that are similar in size and make-up to Earth.
Kepler scientist Mario Perez said: ‘Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone.’
The Anonymous video mentions recent findings, such as the discovery of hydrogen in Saturn’s moon and oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter, as evidence that we are about to encounter new life in space.
Earlier this year, the TRAPPIST-1 sister solar system was identified, which may have seven Earth-like planets orbiting its star.
Dr Zurbuchen said in April: ‘The TRAPPIST-1 system is just 39 light years away and its discovery tells us that there is plenty of planet making material in our little corner of the solar system, indicating that finding Earth-like planets may actually be closer to us than we originally thought.
‘Future study of this planetary system could reveal conditions suitable for life.
‘While we haven’t found definitive signs of life elsewhere just yet, our search is making remarkable progress and astrobiology is a focus of a growing number of Nasa missions.
‘For astrobiology, the key thing to remember is that answering the fundamental question of, “Is there life out there?” will require scientific breakthroughs from many different science fields, including ones that are not currently engaged in this exciting endeavour.’