24th April 2014: Researchers at, IOActive ~ a global provider of specialist information security services ~ have released a whitepaper detailing findings of an internal satcom (satellite communications) research project. In it, it evaluates the security posture of the most widely deployed Inmarsat and Iridium satcom terminals. The firm found that malicious actors could abuse all of the devices within the scope of the study. Vulnerabilities included what appear to be backdoors, hardcoded credentials, undocumented and/or insecure protocols, and weak encryption algorithms. These vulnerabilities could allow remote, unauthenticated attackers to compromise the affected products. The findings, says the company should serve as an initial wake-up call for both the vendors and users of the current generation of satcom technology. You can download the whitepaper here.
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