Russian Cyber Attack acts as a wake-up call for Commercial Satellite Operators

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Russia launched a cyber attack on a private satellite operator called KA-SAT Network, just after it started an invasion of Ukraine 8 months ago. Though the attack disrupted thousands of routers across the Zelensky led nation, it did some good as many commercial firms offering satellite-based services treated this attack as a wake-up call to bolster their IT infrastructure.

Tesla Chief Elon Musk who owns SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite services revealed in one his tweets that his teams have detected multiple such attacks on space systems in this year. And his company was one of the worst affected.

FBI, in collaboration with CISA and Ukraine’s Cyber Army, discovered that more such attacks could be launched by adversaries as cyberwarfare is turning into a lethal weapon that can reap in many benefits with minimal investment.

ViaSat’s investigation into the attack on KA-SAT confirmed that the state sponsored attacker exploited a configuration error into a VPN and gained remote access to the network that had controls over a vast database of home modems.

It’s already a known fact that Russia is losing its strength in its battle with Ukraine and so might resort to other threats such as digitally or physically attacking nuclear power stations across Europe or launch Kinetic attacks on Satellites to create mayhem across the west with power and communication blackouts.

Joe Biden, the US President, has already warned Putin over his threats on using nuclear warfare with the Ukraine military. And if the situation deteriorates, both nations along with others can launch such attacks on each other. Eventually leading to an apocalypse and slow & steady extinction of the entire human race.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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