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How Turla hackers (ab)used satellites to stay under the radar | Ars Technica
A very nifty hack. DVB-S broadcasts a subset of unencrypted IP traffic across a 600-mile radius:
The Turla attackers listen for packets coming from a specific IP address in one of these classes. When certain packets—say, a TCP/IP SYN packet—are identified, the hackers spoof a reply to the source using a conventional Internet line. The legitimate user of the link just ignores the spoofed packet, since it goes to an otherwise unopened port, such as port 80 or 10080. With normal Internet connections, if a packet hits a closed port, the end user will normally send the ISP some indication that something went wrong. But satellite links typically use firewalls that drop packets to closed ports. This allows Turla to stealthily hijack the connections.

The hack allowed computers infected with Turla spyware to communicate with Turla C&C servers without disclosing their location. Because the Turla attackers had their own satellite dish receiving the piggybacked signal, they could be anywhere within a 600-mile radius. As a result, researchers were largely stopped from shutting down the operation or gaining clues about who was carrying it out.

"It's probably one of the most effective methods of ensuring their operational security, or that nobody will ever find out the physical location of their command and control server," Tanase told Ars. "I cannot think of a way of identifying the location of a command server. It can be anywhere in the range of the satellite beam."
turla  hacks  satellite  security  dvb  dvb-s  tcpip  command-and-control  syn 
15 days ago by jm
Aerial Wallpapers
Hello! I love satellite imagery and topographic maps so I made several wallpapers with those gorgeous pictures. All wallpapers are iPhone 6 Plus optimized with 1242×2208 pixels, but you can resize for any device you have. The original sources are listed below.


(Via This Is Colossal)
mapping  aerial  wallpapers  phone  desktop  satellite  maps 
december 2014 by jm
Project HGG: FAQ
Hackerspace Global Grid -- 'We want to understand, build and make available satellite based communication for the hackerspace community and all of mankind.' Space is the place!
space  ccc  satellite  communication  internet  hackerspace 
january 2012 by jm
Conor O'Neill on his freesat/DTT system
'Our replacement for Sky TV cost €99. Ariva 120. No monthly fees!' -- sounds very intriguing, that's a good price point
digital  fta  satellite  television  dtt  sky  upc  ireland 
september 2011 by jm
Semi-Realtime Satellite Desktop Backgrounds
Russ Garrett with another set of near-realtime desktop weather imagery (cf. http://taint.org/xplanet/ )
weather  desktop  image  satellite  realtime  backgrounds  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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