[amsat-bb] Re: FLTSATCOM Hacked

Daniel Schultz n8fgv at usa.net
Thu Apr 23 19:36:52 PDT 2009

Mark Spencer wrote

>Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if there was a geo stationary
>amateur satellite that was easy to use.?? If pirates will hack military  
>satellites then I doubt they would have any qualms about using an 
>amateur satellite.??

Mark's original point is still a valid one and has not been addressed yet in
this discussion. An amateur-built bent pipe transponder in geosynchronous
orbit will be vulnerable to the same sort of unlicensed abuse that FLTSATCOM
is experiencing, and we amateurs will not have the same ability to prosecute
the offenders that the US military has. If we build such a system, how exactly
do we protect it from this sort of abuse?

Dan Schultz N8FGV

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