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Pablo Tucker
June 23, 2019

And in 2014, the rover also located some sort of "white spot" which might've been a glint from the "rock surface reflecting the Sun", according to Dr Justin Maki, a scientist at NASA'S Jet Propulsion Lab. It's always bringing to light new mind-boggling discoveries and theories.

"Several of these weaknesses were exploited during an April 2018 security breach that resulted in the loss of approximately 500 megabytes of data."


The breach prompted the security teams of some sensitive programs to disconnect from the NASA network. The Raspberry Pi used to access the network was not approved and had not been documented in JPL's security database. However, report labels the ITSDB as "inaccurate" and "incomplete", saying that it makes JPL more prone to security related incidents.

"Further, we found that JPL's network gateway that controls partner access to a shared IT environment for specific missions and data had not been properly segmented to limit users only to those systems and applications for which they had approved access". In a statement sent to its employees, NASA stated that an unknown intruder illegally gained access to one of its servers that stores current and former employees' Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including the social security numbers. The OIG recommended fixes for a variety of security issues, and OIG will verify those fixes have been completed before closing its report.


Other contributing factors as to why the hack was successful include a "lack of visibility into JPL systems" which meant new devices connected to the network weren't always being identified and reviewed by a security official.

In all, the fact that a little computer like Raspberry Pi managed to attack NASA JPL sparks concerns because it's not as advanced as other computers. Both, however, can become points of access for hackers when plugged into a computer system. The device was exploited easily by the hacker (s) who managed to access various JPL systems as well as the Deep Space Network (DSN), the name given to the global range of giant radio telescopes of NASA.


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