[amsat-bb] Re: satellite piracy

Jim Jerzycke kq6ea at pacbell.net
Tue Apr 17 13:42:07 PDT 2007

I don't think whether they have a license or not would
Jim  KQ6EA

--- Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com> wrote:

> Interesting article in SANS News today.  (SANS is a
> network/computer
> security organization... http://www.sans.org)
> --Tamil Rebels Hijack US Satellite Signal
> (April 13, 2007)
> Rebel independence fighters in Sri Lanka have been
> pirating the services
> of a US satellite to send radio and television
> broadcasts to other
> countries.  In 1997, the US government identified
> this particular group,
> the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, as a
> terrorist
> organization.  The satellite belongs to Intelstat, a
> US company.
> Intelstat officials have been meeting with technical
> experts and Sri
> Lanka's Ambassador to the US to discuss measures the
> company it is
> taking to prevent the satellite's unauthorized use. 
> The rebels maintain
> they are not accessing the satellite illegally.
> The question comes to mind -- what if the "rebels"
> were licensed hams and
> using a ham HEO (if one were up)?  Talk about a
> political nightmare...
> Unlikely, but interesting to think about.
> Nate WY0X
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