Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cool story on Wired about Brazilian hijacking of US military communication satellites. Apparently, $500 gets you the kit and the knowledge to bounce off the FLTSATCOM transponders, which happily repeat any signal that hits their uplink antenna in the 292- to 317-MHz range. Think about this discussion: “Do we need to have a security protocol for these birds?” “Nah, who’s going to figure out where the satellite is, what frequency to hit it with, and then cobble the equipment together?” Oops!

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