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Elon Musk Plans to Launch 4,425 Satellites to provide Global Internet from Space

Elon Musk Plans to Launch 4,425 Satellites to provide Global Internet from Space

November 18, 2016Mohit Kumar
Big tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, are in the race of bringing Internet connectivity to unconnected parts of the world through wireless devices , flying drones , high-altitude balloons, and laser beams . But, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has big plans for bringing low-cost Internet service worldwide, and it all starts in space. Private rocket launch service SpaceX has asked the U.S. government for permission to launch 4,425 satellites in orbit to beam high-speed Internet down to the world, according to a newly filed application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That's a hell of a lot of satellites; in fact, the figure surpasses the total number of satellites in the Earth's orbit. Here's what the company's 102-page technical document reads: "The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and professional users world
Russian Hackers Hijack Satellite To Steal Data from Thousands of Hacked Computers

Russian Hackers Hijack Satellite To Steal Data from Thousands of Hacked Computers

September 10, 2015Swati Khandelwal
A group of Russian hackers, most notably the Turla APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) is hijacking commercial satellites to hide command-and-control operations, a security firm said today. Turla APT group, which was named after its notorious software Epic Turla , is abusing satellite-based Internet connections in order to: Siphon sensitive data from government, military, diplomatic, research and educational organisations in the United States and Europe. Hide their command-and-control servers from law enforcement agencies. Despite some of its operations were uncovered last year, Turla APT group has been active for close to a decade, while remaining invisible by cleverly hiding from law enforcement agencies and security firms. Now, security researchers from Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab claim to have identified the way Turla APT group succeeded in hiding itself. The researchers said the group disguised itself by using commercial satellite Internet
Worldview-3 — Satellite That Could Allow Google and U.S Government to See Your Face from Space

Worldview-3 — Satellite That Could Allow Google and U.S Government to See Your Face from Space

August 13, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Majority of my articles are related to government spying, privacy and security issues of your online stuffs and also measures that you can adopt in protecting yourself from being spied on. But, your all efforts will soon be of no use - someone is about to secretly track your every footstep. Google will soon get an eye in the space that will be enough powerful to see your face, thanks to the new satellite, WorldView-3 satellite, which is scheduled to launch later today (11:30 a.m. PST) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base atop an Atlas 5 rocket by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, according to Motherboard . DIGITAL EYE IN SPACE WorldView-3 satellite is developed by a US-based company DigitalGlobe , one of the world's leading global content providers of high-resolution earth imagery, supplying most online mapping services to the US government and NASA. The satellite contains : Exelis-built 1.1 meter aperture telescope  Primary visible/SWIR sensor B
Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

April 18, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The growing threat of cyber-attacks and network hacking has reached the satellite-space sector, posing a growing challenge to the satellite operators. Because the satellite system are the critical components for the Nation to a modern military, they have become an attractive target of cyber attacks . A security firm uncovered a number of critical vulnerabilities, including hardcoded credentials, undocumented and insecure protocols, and backdoors in the widely used satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals, which are often used by the military , government and industrial sectors. By exploiting these vulnerabilities an attacker could intercept, manipulate, block communications, and in some circumstances, could remotely take control of the physical devices used in the mission-critical satellite communication (SATCOM). Once the attacker gained the access of the physical devices used to communicate with satellites orbiting in space, he can completely disrupt military ope
Small satellite terminals (VSAT) are vulnerable to Cyber attack

Small satellite terminals (VSAT) are vulnerable to Cyber attack

January 10, 2014Anonymous
The Military Units that rely on very small aperture terminals (VSATs) for satellite communications in remote areas are vulnerable to cyber attack . Researchers from cyber intelligence company IntelCrawler recently identified nearly 3 million VSATs, many of them in the United States, and found that about 10,000 of them could be easily accessed because of configuration weaknesses. " We have scanned the whole IPv4 address space since 2010 and update the results in our Big Data intelligence database, including details about the satellite operator's network ranges, such as INMARSAT, Asia Broadcast Satellite, VSAT internet iDirect, Satellite HUB Pool, and can see some vulnerabilities, " Researchers have warned that terminals having data transmission rate 4kbps to 16 Mbps used in narrow and broadband data transmission are vulnerable to cyber attack. VSATs are most commonly used to transmit narrowband data such as credit card, polling or RFID data or broadband data for VoIP or
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