Pierluigi Paganini April 30, 2023
White hat hackers showed how to take over a European Space Agency satellite

Thales cybersecurity researchers have shown this week how they seized control of a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite. This week, during the third edition of CYSAT, the European event dedicated to cybersecurity for the space industry, the European Space Agency (ESA) set up a satellite test bench, inviting white hat hackers to attempt seizing control […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 21, 2022
White hat hackers broadcasted talks and hacker movies through a decommissioned satellite

Hackers took control of a decommissioned satellite and broadcasted hacking conference talks and hacker movies.  During the latest edition of the DEF CON hacking conference held in Las Vegas, the group of white hat hackers Shadytel demonstrated how to take control of a satellite in geostationary orbit. The group used a satellite called Anik F1R, which […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 05, 2022
Thousands of satellite users offline in Europe following a cyberattack, is it a conflict spillover?

Thousands of satellite internet users across Europe were disconnected from the internet by a cyber-event, experts suspect a cyber attack. Orange confirmed that “nearly 9,000 subscribers” of a satellite internet service provided by its subsidiary Nordnet in France were offline following a “cyber event” that took place on February 24 at Viasat, the US giant […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 02, 2022
A cyberattack on Russian satellites is an act of war, the invasion of Ukraine no

Russia considers it legitimate to invade another country but warns it will consider cyberattacks on its satellites an act of war. Anonymous and the numerous hacker groups that declared war on Russia continue to target Russian government entities and private businesses. Yesterday, the hacking group Network Battalion 65 (‘NB65’) which is affiliated with Anonymous, announced to have […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 10, 2020
Spying on satellite internet comms with a $300 listening station

An attacker could use $300 worth of off-the-shelf equipment to eavesdrop and intercept signals from satellite internet communications. The academic researcher James Pavur, speaking at Black Hat 2020 hacking conference, explained that satellite internet communications are susceptible to eavesdropping and signal interception. Attackers could use cheap equipment like a basic home-television gear that goes from […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 29, 2017
IOActive disclosed 2 critical flaws in global satellite telecommunications Inmarsat’s SATCOM systems

Flaws in Stratos Global AmosConnect 8 PC-based SATCOM service impact thousands of customers worldwide running the newest version of the platform that is used in vessels. Security researchers at IOActive have disclosed critical security vulnerabilities in the maritime Stratos Global’s AmosConnect 8.4.0 satellite-based shipboard communication platform. AmosConnect 8 is a PC-based SATCOM service, introduced in 2010, […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 08, 2017
GMR-2 issues allow satellite phone communications decryption in near real-time

Researchers have exploited vulnerabilities in the implementation of the GMR-2 cipher decrypt satellite phone communications in fractions of a second. Two Chinese security researchers have exploited vulnerabilities in the implementation of the GMR-2 standard that could be exploited to decrypt satellite phone communications in fractions of a second. The GMR-2 is a stream cipher with 64-bit key-length […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 29, 2016
The Network of NewSat satellite telco firm was the ‘most corrupted’ of ever

The Network of NewSat satellite firm was the ‘most corrupted’ of ever, it was hacked by foreign hackers and it had interception kit in its data centre. The story demonstrates the high interest of spy agencies in hacking communication systems. Once upon a time, the Australian satellite company was deeply hacked by cyber spies that […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 09, 2016
China ready to launch the first hack proof quantum communication satellite

China is ready to launch its first hack proof quantum communication satellite, are we entering a new era of telecommunications. Satellites have a crucial role in our digital society, almost every industry is benefiting from their services for this reason their security is a pillar of the cyber security strategy of governments worldwide. Attackers are posing […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 10, 2015
Turla APT Group Abusing Satellite Internet Links

Security experts at Kaspersky Lab published a report on the Turla APT revealing the use Satellite links to control its botnet. According to a new analysis published by the experts at Kaspersky Lab reported that the popular Turla APT group exploited poorly secured satellite infrastructure to hide command-and-control operations. Turla APT was active in the last decade, […]