Almost all the tech-geeks who like building DIY projects have come across Raspberry Pi. It is a ready-to-use micro-computer.
NASA, the space agency that everyone knows faced the real power of the micro-computer. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory got hacked in 2018 with the use of Raspberry Pi. A report published on June 18 explains the event. NASA mentions some unauthorized access to Raspberry Pi that allowed access to its networks to an unidentified hacker. The breach came to an end after some months of the attack.
What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is available on shopping sites like Amazon for $35. Students from schools and colleges use this device for DIY projects. However, it isn’t limited to science projects. Characters in movies or TV shows use this amazingly versatile device for hacking. The small size and low price of the device makes it an excellent tool or a lethal weapon.
Here's what happened:
A hacker moved into NASA’s network for ten months using this device. During their crawl, they searched for 23 files, out of which two contained information about the Mars mission. In total, the hacker accessed 500 megabytes of data. According to NASA, this wasn’t authorized access. The major problem is that a mere $35 device crawled into arguably the most secure network. It stayed there for ten months, took 500 MB data, and got out before being caught.
NASA’s network is one of the most secure networks due to its high-end projects. This breach in its network proves that networks, devices and technology is as strong as the humans that make them. Anyone has access to a Raspberry Pi, and who knows what worse can come out of it. But, the device itself isn’t harmful, the one using it can make it lethal.
This event might seem astonishing, but it’s way scarier. This event is only an example of what people with the right tools and skills can do.