first_img Turns out, a $35 off-the-shelf computer is all it takes to infiltrate the U.S. government.In April 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered a hacker gained access to one of its “major mission systems” using a Raspberry Pi dev board.The low-cost, bare-bones, fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand machine went undetected for 10 months, during which the culprit(s) stole 500 MB of data from 23 files, according to the NASA Office of Inspector General.Two of those files contained information related to the Curiosity rover, currently exploring the Red Planet.Founded in the 1930s, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is owned by NASA and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech).While its primary focus is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft (like Curiosity), the lab also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions.Over the past decade, JPL has experienced several “notable” cybersecurity incidents, the Office of Inspector General pointed out—many of which have compromised major segments of its IT network.In 2011, cyber intruders gained full access to 18 servers supporting key JPL missions, and stole 87 GB of data. Last year, another 500 MG was swiped.“The April 2018 attack on JPL’s network illustrates how sophisticated attackers can exploit weaknesses within JPL’s system of security controls,” a June audit report said.An investigation into the incident is ongoing; NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.JPL has already installed additional monitoring agents on its firewalls, and continues to work with the space agency to review network access agreements for external partners.News of this hack comes on the heels of the new Raspberry Pi 4.The Pi Foundation on Monday unveiled its latest dev board, complete with 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (for a 300 percent boost in performance), as well as gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11 AC wireless, and Bluetooth 5.0.Add to that four USB ports (two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0) and a pair of micro HDMI ports (each which can handle a 4K display) and you’ve got a powerful wee machine.The best part: It’s still just $35 (with 1GB of RAM on board).For an extra $10, you can add another gig of memory; $55 gets you the fully loaded model with 4GB.More on Geek.com:Make a DIY Amazon Echo Clone With Raspberry Pi for Under $30Update This Classic Children’s Toy With a Raspberry PiTrack Foosball Scores With Raspberry Pi Hack Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi 4 Is the Most Powerful Yet and It’s Still Just $35 last_img read more