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NASA Mars rover data hacked because of Raspberry Pi

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posted on Jun, 21 2019 @ 09:38 PM

The OIG report said the hackers used "a compromised external user system" to access the JPL missions network.

"The attacker exfiltrated approximately 500 megabytes of data from 23 files, 2 of which contained International Traffic in Arms Regulations information related to the Mars Science Laboratory mission," the NASA OIG said.

"Classified as an advanced persistent threat, the attack went undetected for nearly a year," the NASA OIG said. "The investigation into this incident is ongoing."

NASA hacked because of unauthorized Raspberry Pi connected to its network

The OIG found a number of problems with NASA's computer security. In 2018 an unauthorized Raspberry connected to NASA's system was used by the hackers to gain access into NASA's computers. The hackers also gained access to JPL's Deep Space Network. It looks like China may be behind the hack. It wouldn't be the first time that China hacked NASA.

The 49-page OIG report can be accessed here as a PDF.

I would love to know what data the hackers got a hold of. Just think of all the mission data they had access to once they owned the Deep Space Network. When is the government going to learn to keep their computers secure?

posted on Jun, 21 2019 @ 10:16 PM
Yes, it could be very interesting to see what juicy secrets these hacked NASA files may have contained.
Pity that it wasn't another Gary MacKinnon character behind it, China certainly won't be sharing any information they may have found.

posted on Jun, 22 2019 @ 01:26 AM
Someone did a Mr. Robot on the NASA.

posted on Jun, 22 2019 @ 09:27 AM
Why would they hack NASA? They have nothing to hide. It's just science that is later public on the internet


posted on Jun, 22 2019 @ 11:50 AM
a reply to: KiwiNite

Sarcasm aside, there must be some pretty secret tech used by the rover. I am guessing for communications to Earth. Maybe some of the material used in the construction of the rover also. Not sure what else it could be.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a United States regulatory regime to restrict and control the export of defense and military related technologies to safeguard U.S. national security and further U.S. foreign policy objectives.

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