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  Cybersécurité dans l’espace : des hackers invités à débusquer les failles des satellites © Supplied by FranceInfo

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ethical hackers Among them, Aris and Xavier, who are defined as hackers, but emphasize that they are not cybercriminals, but ethical computer hackers.

"Hacking is a state of mind, it's looking inside things, trying to understand how they work. Study, search all the faults and correct them before they are used."

Xavier

in FranceInfo

These two cybersecurity specialists have won a very private competition organized by the US Army. Their goal was to hack a satellite. "We had to do things that we had not done since our studies," he described. We had to make mathematics to calculate satellite orbits. We had to take an interest in the communication protocols, the radio links . " "One of the trials," he continues, "it was a satellite who is attacked by a ransomware / ranks. And we come back to try to understand what happened, find the mistake that the attacker made to be able to recover the files. "

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This is obviously a simulation. The European Space Agency, too, launched a challenge to its hackers: take control of one of its satellites. Mathieu Bailly is responsible for the spatial branch at Sail, cybersecurity company that organized the contest:

"What's better than a hacker to demonstrate that a system is vulnerable? Take control, install ransomwares, spy on images and The data that is collected on board, they can pretty much do everything! "

Mathieu Bailly

in Franceinfo

The consequences on the ground, they can be very concrete: "All citizens of Europe depend on the services that are provided by the satellites, whether for navigation or telecommunication, or for the Imaging. The United States has declared space as a critical infrastructure: we have to do the same thing in Europe and better protect yourself. "

in memory, the KA-SAT

satellite attack The news gives a projector on these issues with this attack on the KA-SAT satellite, on February 24, the day of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russia, a strategic satellite that provides the Internet to thousands of customers, including Ukrainian forces.

"Concretely, explains Thomas Girard, Cybersecurity specialist at CS Group. When the KA-SAT attack, the hackers have turned off the modems and so the housing could no longer connect to the satellite behind. Mechanically, the customer was Coupé, especially on the Ukrainian territory. " Threats taken seriously while the satellite networks are multiplying, especially to provide the Internet in the least connected regions. X1

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