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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

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To get access to the dish’s software, Wouters used his custom system to bypass security protections by using a voltage fault injection attack.

Credit: Lennert Wouters

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network, a web of more than 3,000 small satellites that enables Internet connections to remote locations on Earth.

Wouters exploited vulnerabilities in Starlink's satellite dishes to access the network and run custom code.

He stripped down a dish and built an attachable printed circuit board from off-the-shelf-parts, through which he could launch a voltage fault injection attack and circumvent signature verification.

Wouters alerted Starlink of the flaws last year, and says although SpaceX has released a firmware update that makes the attack harder, the underlying bug can only be corrected if the company produces a new version of the main chip.

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