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Raspberry Pi used to hack into NASA network

25 June 2019

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed a Raspberry Pi computer has been used to steal information regarding military and space technology.

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An audit report reveals that an external user account had been compromised and used to steal approximately 500MB of data from one of its major mission systems.

The BBC reports that “the malicious hacker won access to the Jet Propulsion Lab internal network via the Raspberry Pi by hijacking its user account.” 

Multiple IT security weaknesses meant JPL lacked the ability to prevent, detect and mitigate an attack of this nature. Reduced visibility into devices connected to its network meant the attacker went undetected for several months. 

The audit recommends that JPL review and update its security policies and establish a documented threat-hunting process.

This news comes just after the Raspberry Pi 4, the most powerful model ever made, was announced. 

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