US Critical Organizations Alerted of Threats to SATCOM Networks by CISA and FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced yesterday that they are aware of potential threats to satellite communication (SATCOM) networks in the United States and around the world.

The security advisory issued yesterday also notified US critical infrastructure entities about the risk of SATCOM providers’ customers being affected as a result of network breaches.

Successful intrusions into SATCOM networks could create risk in SATCOM network providers’ customer environments.

CISA and FBI strongly encourage critical infrastructure organizations and other organizations that are either SATCOM network providers or customers to review and implement the mitigations outlined in this CSA to strengthen SATCOM network cybersecurity.


In light of the current geopolitical situation, CISA’s  Shields Up initiative requires all companies to lower their threshold for reporting and sharing signs of cybercrime.

The new warning comes after the KA-SAT network of US satellite communications provider Viasat, which is “intensely used by the Ukrainian military,” was hit by an attack. Satellite services in Central and Eastern Europe were disrupted as a result of the cyberattack.

According to BleepingComputer, the outage also disconnected roughly 5,800 wind turbines in Germany and affected customers from Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece,

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