[amsat-bb] Re: FLTSATCOM Hacked

Mark Spencer mspencer12345 at yahoo.ca
Fri Apr 24 10:57:36 PDT 2009

IMHO the issues you are referring to are probably not cases of deliberate hacking of the satellites, rather cases of illegal operations inadvertently interfering with amateur satellites.    The FLTSATCOM case seems to involve pirates deliberately communicating via the satellites.   In my view having pirates routinely communicating via amateur satellites would be a real problem for us.     
If the amateur community is ever in the position to launch a satellite that provides similar performance to one of the transponders on the FLTSATCOM birds then we should think about how access might be restricted to amateurs, or how the system could be designed in a way to make it un attractive for pirates.   The FLTSATCOM case is probably a worst case (ie. a GEO sat that seems to use FM, supports the use of simple antennas, and works in frequency bands that are easy to acquire or modify equipment for.)

----- Original Message ----
From: Bruce <kk5do at amsat.org>
To: Daniel Schultz <n8fgv at usa.net>
Cc: "<amsat-bb at amsat.org>" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:44:30 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FLTSATCOM Hacked

our amateur radio satellites have already been hijacked and there was  
nothing we could do. those cber's with modified radios, the over  
powered portable phones, and the taxis south of the border.


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On Apr 23, 2009, at 9:36 PM, "Daniel Schultz" <n8fgv at usa.net> wrote:

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