Hackers Stole Restricted Data on NASA Mars Rover From JPL in Pasadena: Report

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This selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars was released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on June 20, 2018.
This selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars was released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on June 20, 2018.

A report says hackers stole data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for nearly a year without being detected.

The Pasadena Star-News reports Friday that security weaknesses allowed hackers to steal 500 megabytes of data from 23 files, including two containing restricted information related to the Curiosity rover Mars mission.

A report this week from NASA’s Office of the Inspector General says hackers used a credit card-sized computer and a compromised external user account.

They operated for 10 months until the hack was discovered in April 2018.

As a result, NASA temporarily disconnected several space flight-related systems from JPL’s computer network.

The Star-News says hackers also broke into JPL in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

NASA recommended security fixes that should be completed over the next year.

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