A recent report confirms that the NASA lab was hacked by using a Raspberry Pi Computer.
What is Raspberry Pi?
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Raspberry Pi has a small single-board computer built by Raspberry Pi Foundation in the United Kingdom. It is basically used for teaching basic computer science in developing countries and in schools.
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Moreover, it was released on February 29, 2012. However, the original model gained more fame. Later on, it was sold outside its target market for the use in robotics. However, it does not have a mouse and keyboard like other computers.
How was NASA lab hacked?
Raspberry Pi can be repaired to increase the capabilities of the device. The recent reports have also confirmed that this computer was tinkered to have NASA lab. Moreover, the first breach was reported in April 2018. Sources say that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was hacked.
Moreover, its 500MB of data from major mission systems was stolen. The hacker used Raspberry Pi to gain access to the system and hacked NASA’s lab. The US Office of the Inspector General (OIG) stated that someone discreetly connected Raspberry Pi to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Network without permission.
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Hackers also realized their weak point and decided to use Raspberry Pi to gain access to the Deep Space Network (DSN). Furthermore, the news also revealed that the system was hacked very easily. The officials blamed the poor security system of the world’s most leading space agency.
Also, the system administrators did not update the inventory system when they were adding suspicious devices to their networks. Moreover, this helped the hacker to move from one system to another.
Even human space flight missions can get tampered if NASA continues to maintain such poor security setup.
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