[amsat-bb] Re: satellite piracy

John Wright ham at g4dmf.co.uk
Wed Apr 18 08:17:44 PDT 2007

At 20:34 17/04/2007, you wrote:
>Interesting article in SANS News today.  (SANS is a network/computer
>security organization... http://www.sans.org)
>--Tamil Rebels Hijack US Satellite Signal
>(April 13, 2007)
>Rebel independence fighters in Sri Lanka have been pirating the services
>of a US satellite to send radio and television broadcasts to other
>countries.  In 1997, the US government identified this particular group,
>the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, as a terrorist
>organization.  The satellite belongs to Intelstat, a US company.
>Intelstat officials have been meeting with technical experts and Sri
>Lanka's Ambassador to the US to discuss measures the company it is
>taking to prevent the satellite's unauthorized use.  The rebels maintain
>they are not accessing the satellite illegally.
>The question comes to mind -- what if the "rebels" were licensed hams and
>using a ham HEO (if one were up)?  Talk about a political nightmare...

I seem to remember a long while ago, I think in the mid 80's, seeing 
a report in a UK newspaper, about terrorists in I think Libya, using 
what was described as a " semi-defunct" amateur satellite for 
communications... or is my mind playing tricks on me. I've thought 
about this several times recently, bearing in mind the world 
political situation, if a commercial satellite can be compromised, so 
may others, and it need not be an HEO! 

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