Last week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Belgian security researcher Lennert Wouters showed how he hacked into the Starlink internet system using a homemade circuit board that cost around $25 to develop. Using this system, he launched a fault injection attack that bypassed Starlink’s security system and allowed him to access administration functions that were supposed to be locked down. He was able to gain access to all parts of Starlink’s user terminals, the satellite dishes attached to people’s homes, and office buildings. This is very worrying, and you can safely assume that this is the first—of many hacks of Starlink.
If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can read more about the hack on Wired by going HERE.
This is not the first time we have seen satellite communications devices hacked. On the 24th of February, when Russia started its full-scale attack on Ukraine, tens of thousands of Satcom terminals suddenly stopped working in several European countries, mainly in Ukraine. Hackers targeted all of these devices in a full-scale cyber-attack, and they were all quickly taken out, which caused many problems for the Ukrainian armed forces as they could not communicate with each other via satellite. See my article about this HERE and linked below.
It is beginning to feel like a plot line from Starwars. We are in for some very interesting times ahead… It is all good, though 🙂
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team