Jan 17, 2023

Hackers Took Over a Commercial Satellite to Broadcast Hacker Movies

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A group of hackers was able to take control of a decommissioned satellite and use it to stream a hacking conference’s talks and hacker movies.

On Saturday, at the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, Karl Koscher, one of the members of a hacking enthusiasts group called Shadytel, explained how he and his friends were able to legally stream from a satellite in geostationary orbit—35,786 km or 22,236 miles from the surface of the planet.

The satellite had been decommissioned and was about to be sent to the so-called “graveyard orbit,” a far-away orbit where satellites go to die.

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