Could hackers turn satellites into weapons?

Hackers could shut down satellites and potentially turn them into weapons, an expert warns.

According to William Akoto, a scholar who studies cyber conflict, hackers taking control of the satellites orbiting Earth could have dire consequences.

"On the mundane end of scale, hackers could simply shut satellites down, denying access to their services. Hackers could also jam or spoof the signals from satellites, creating havoc for critical infrastructure," Akoto wrote for "This includes electric grids, water networks and transportation systems."

Cyber criminals could even steer the satellites into other satellites or crash them into the International Space Station, he wrote.



As Akoto noted, some hackers already have waged war against space satellites.

In 1998, hackers allegedly took over the U.S.-German ROSAT X-Ray satellite by gaining access to computers at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. After instructing the satellite to turn its solar panels directly at the sun, its batteries were destroyed and the satellite was ruined.

Akoto urged governments worldwide to adopt stringent regulations for cybersecurity and mandate the reporting of all satellite breaches.

"It would be a profound mistake to wait for hackers to gain control of a commercial satellite and use it to threaten life, limb and property — here on Earth or in space — before addressing this issue," Akoto concluded.


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18 Feb 2020 02:06   |    144


Those who break Allah's Covenant after it is ratified, and who sunder what Allah Has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth: These cause loss (only) to themselves.How can ye reject the faith in Allah?- seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return.  (The Cow   27-28 )


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