However, the NASA scientist himself has taken to cyberspace to dispute the claims. "While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question", Zurbuchen wrote on Twitter.
"I think we're probably going to be able to detect life on another planet in the next decade or so", Christopher Impey, author of numerous popular science studies and astronomer at the University of Arizona, told Yahoo News.
Wearing the signature Guy Fawkes masked character, the Anonymous spokesman claimed to get its information from the House of Representatives' Science, Space and Technology committee meeting last April 26 wherein congressmen were updated on NASA's progress in its hunt for life in space.
Zurbuchen thanked the committee for its support - and cited "an exciting time for space exploration and discovery" concerning astrobiology. Some of the recent discoveries NASA has made include the determination of hydrogen in the geysers of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Back then, Zurbuchen declared that NASA and mankind are on a verge of the most incredible and significant discoveries in the history of the Earth. Zurbuchen said that to educate the House Science Committee on the latest research in a particular field of a study and not on finding aliens.
Thomas Zurbuchen said: "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".
The Anonymous video produced a 12-minute video, with a soundtrack, that contends the space agency is on the "verge" of making a discovery. "Or are you expecting little micro-organisms on a distant moon in our solar system?" the Anonymous video states. Zurbuchen rebutted the video on Monday.