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Black Hat 2015: Hacker shows how to alter messages on satellite network

Tim Greene | Aug. 7, 2015
Globalstar satellite transmissions used for tracking truck fleets and wilderness hikers can be hacked to alter messages being sent with possibly dire consequences for pilots, shipping lines, war correspondents and businesses that use the system to keep an eye on their remote assets.

Moore says he told Globalstar about his discovery about six months ago and received this response: "Like all companies and industries in the 21st century ... Globalstart monitors the technical landscape and its systems to protect our customers. Our engineers would know quickly if any person or entity was hacking our system in a material way, and this type of situation has never been an issue to date. We are in the business of saving lives daily and will continue to optimize our offerings for security concerns and immediately address any illegal actions taken against our company."

Moore says he is a Globalstar customer who uses its service while he's backpacking in the wilderness so he can be found if something goes wrong.

 

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