ACI Journal Articles


Why older satellites present a cyber risk

Document Type


USMA Research Unit Affiliation

Army Cyber Institute

Publication Date

Winter 12-28-2018


The most cost-effective and simplistic cyberattack in space, one with the intent to bring down a targeted satellite, is likely to use an older satellite now viewed as space junk that still has fuel and can respond to communications. Hackers could then use that satellite to ram or force targeted space assets out of orbit. The benefits for the attacker are numerous.

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