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Friday, April 13, 2007

Terrorists take over satellite broadcast

A Sri Lankan terrorist group, the Tamil Tigers, has been illegally using an Intelsat satellite to broadcast propaganda messages. It seems that they discovered how to get the satellite to rebroadcast TV and radio transmissions on an unused frequency of the satellite. It's not the first time that a terrorist group has used satellites to broadcast their message to the world, but it is the first time that it was done with out the authorization of the satellite owners.
While details on exactly how the satellite was hijacked are not available, it seems that many satellites are vulnerable to having their broadcasts hijacked.

Via Slashdot: Sri Lankan Terrorists Hack Satellite

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