Hacking Starlink terminals with custom code #Starlink #Hacking @Wired

Lennert Wouters, a security researcher at the Belgian university KU Leuven, revealed one of the first security breakdowns of Starlink’s user terminals. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Wouters detailed how a series of hardware vulnerabilities allow attackers to access the Starlink system and run custom code on the devices.

To access the satellite dish’s software, Wouters physically stripped down a dish he purchased and created a custom hacking tool that can be attached to the Starlink dish. The hacking tool, a custom circuit board known as a modchip, uses off-the-shelf parts that cost around $25. Once attached to the Starlink dish, the homemade printed circuit board (PCB) is able to launch a fault injection attack—temporarily shorting the system—to help bypass Starlink’s security protections. This “glitch” allows Wouters to get into previously locked parts of the Starlink system.

Wouters is now making his hacking tool open source on GitHub, including some of the details needed to launch the attack.

Read more in Wired and see more from Wouters on GitHub.


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