Cyberattacks on SATCOM : Understanding the Threat

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  • Author: Michael Milvich, Josh Hammond, Griffon Bowman, Ethan Shackelford
In 2014, Ruben Santamarta, Principal Security Consultant with IOActive, published a white paper titled “A Wake-up Call for SATCOM Security.” It detailed the discovery of an exceptionally weak security posture across a number of SATCOM terminals from a range of manufacturers. Four years later in 2018, Ruben published a follow up titled “Last Call for SATCOM Security”2 which detailed a thorough investigation into the security of SATCOM equipment across the Aviation, Maritime, and Military industries. Once again, the security posture was found to be overwhelmingly poor and in need of immediate and thorough corrective action by manufacturers.
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