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Aug 27, 2022

Satellite hackers can see every email you get

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, satellites

Modern satellites are becoming a collection of mass-produced computers floating in space. By the end of the decade, thousands more will be out there. But with the increasing reliance on orbital technology comes a growing appetite for hacking it.

Data relayed via satellites is not immune to hacking. James Pavur, an Oxford PhD focusing on satellite systems security, has proven the above statement to be disturbingly evident. With his team, he used $300 worth of satellite TV equipment to intercept vast amounts of information distributed along the larger part of the Northern hemisphere.

“When you’re eavesdropping on satellite internet signals, you’re effectively seeing what someone’s ISP would see. You see every website that a customer browses to, or every email that they receive for every account that they own,” Pavur told CyberNews.

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