Hackers breach NASA, steal Mars mission data using a £34 Raspberry Pi computer.

The United State National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), suffered a security incident that saw hackers make off with sensitive data relating to the agency’s Mars missions.  The breach went undetected for nearly a year.

The hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer, a credit-card sized device sold for about £34 ($35) to infiltrate NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory network.

  • The attack targeted computer systems at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena
  • It went undetected for nearly a year and an investigation is still underway 
  • The unknown attacker was able to steal sensitive data from the space agency up to 23 files amounting to approximately 500 megabytes of data
  • It also forced the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems at NASA.

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