Karl Koscher, a member of the ‘Shadytel’ hacker group, was at a hacking and cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas to share his knowledge on the subject. According to the expert someone with your experience can bankrupt an entire country with a computer if they set their mind to italthough this was not in his plans.
The professional of new technologies, of course, did not demonstrate these abilities, but he did show that he could hack a satellite along with the rest of his team. In particular, they have breached the security of the Canadian satellite Anik F1R, which continues to orbit the Earth despite being inoperative in 2020.
Although the satellite is not currently in use, this should not detract from the fact that young hackers managed to take control of it from miles away. Shadytel members managed to reproduce content within Anik F1R, among other things.
Koscher stated in an interview for Motherlode of vice that their group’s intention was to “have a little fun”: “We had the opportunity to use a satellite that was being dismantled and access its systems so we could play our own content there.”
Said content was the conversations the hacker group itself had at ToorCon (San Diego) last year. They also streamed classic hacker movies, such as WarGames.
In addition, Shadytel enabled a telephone to transmit Koscher’s voice into space via Canada’s satellite communications system.
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