Agencies Warn on Satellite Hacks & GPS Jamming Affecting Airplanes, Critical Infrastructure

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has coincided with the jamming of airplane navigation systems and hacks on the SATCOM networks that empower critical infrastructure.

In a warning to aviation authorities and air operators on Thursday, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) warned of satellite jamming and spoofing attacks across a broad swath of Eastern Europe that could affect air navigation systems.

The warning came in tandem with a separate alert from the FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) that hackers could be targeting satellite communications networks in general.

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The navigation-jamming attacks affecting airplanes started Feb. 24, the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, EASA said – and they’ve continued to proliferate. So far, the affected areas include the Black Sea airspace, Eastern Finland, the Kaliningrad region and other Baltic areas, and the Eastern Mediterranean area near Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Israel, as well as Northern Iraq.

“The effects of [Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)] jamming and/or possible spoofing were observed by aircraft in various phases of their flights, in certain cases leading to re-routing or even to change the destination due to the inability to perform

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