Cyberattacks on SATCOM: Understanding the Threat

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  • Author: Michael Milvich, Josh Hammond, Griffon Bowman & Ethan Shackelford

On the morning of February 24th 2022, as Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine,tens of thousands of SATCOM terminals in Europe were taken offline. This sudden disruption in communications was the result of a cyberattack targeting ground-based satellite infrastructure, though the specific mechanism of attack has not been made public at time of writing.

Unchecked insecurity in SATCOM equipment is no longer acceptable, as was demonstrated by the recent cyberattack. In accordance with our Responsible Disclosure Policy, IOActive is sharing this previously unpublished, original cybersecurity research through this white paper.

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