Did you know? #1 A decommissioned satellite can still be used !!

What happened?: hacker hijack a satellite to brodcast movies
When ?:14th of august
who is impacted: canadian satellite Anik F1R, which was dismissed in 2020

orbit concerned: graveyard orbit, an orbit with unused satellites, it is only unused broken satellites on this orbit, this is the solution found to avoid collisions between useful satellites
during the DEF CON event, it is one of the world’s largest and most notable hacker conventions, held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada,a hacker explained it is very simple to connect to a satellite, you just need two things:

  • An Antenna, you can buy one or renting an abandoned uplink station
  • Hack RF, a software defined radio peripheral capable of transmission or reception of radio signals from 1 MHz to 6 GHz. The software is not expensive, it only costs $300.
    Using these elements he could access the satellite with the antenna and inject code in waves thanks to Hack RF, he could easily find trivial exploits.
    once he got the control of the satellite, he just had to use embedded tools to broadcast his movie.

morality of the story: when a satellite is decommissioned, he should be unusable, there should be norms about satellites in this orbit to avoid these incidents.


Hackers hijack satellite to broadcast movies | The Independent

Hijacking Satellites Is Easier Than You’d Think (slashgear.com)

author: Alexandre khalfallah