Targeting Satellite? CISA, FBI Warns of Attacks on SATCOM Network Providers

This advisory comes amid an investigation spearheaded by investigation teams from the US and Europe regarding service outages at Viasat internet service.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have collectively issued an advisory, warning satellite communications network (SATCOM) providers to augment security.

Possible Threats to SATCOM Services

According to the FBI and CISA’s joint advisory released this week, the US and international SATCOM networks could be a target of “possible threats”. If exploited successfully, these networks can intensify the risks for SATCOM network customer environments.

The agency also included mitigation strategies that SATCOM operators and their clients can adopt to prevent intrusion.

Viasat Network Blocked in Ukraine

This advisory comes amid an investigation spearheaded by investigation teams from the US and Europe regarding service outages at Viasat internet service. This service is offered to fixed broadband customers in Ukraine and other countries under the European KA-SAT satellite network.

The outage occurred on February 28th, 2022, soon after Russia invaded Ukraine, and the same day, Enercon, a Germany-based energy firm, reported that a satellite outage disrupted remote communications to over 5,800 wind turbines.

On March 11th, Reuters reported that the NSA

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