During the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Lennert Wouters a cyber-secutirty researcher from Belgium managed to hack for the first -time ever Elon Musk’s Starlink internet system by using just a $25 dollar device he made at home.
Starlink operates using user terminals or satellite dishes located at homes and businesses, and this hacking revealed that it could be breached.
With his homemade circuit board or modchip, Wuoters got access through a voltage fault injection attack on a Starlink User Terminal. This allowed the hacker to gain access to the Starlink disc and explore the company’s network.
How could a hacker gain access to Elon Musk’s Starlink
Lennert Wuoters explained that he developed a modchip that was just $25 dollars to make at home and allowed him to gain root access once he glitched the Starlink UT security operations bootrom.
“Our attack results in an unfixable compromise of the Starlink UT and allows us to execute arbitrary code. The ability to obtain root access on the Starlink UT is a prerequisite to freely explore the Starlink network,” Wuoters explained.
Lennert Wuoters revealed the vulnerability to SpaceX
Researcher Lennert Wuoters said he revealed this vulnerability to Musk’s SpaceX through their bug bounty programme.
We have to remember that Starlink has launched more than 3,000 small satellites into space to provide internet service at remote locations.
During Russia’s invasion to Ukraine, Musk provided internet service via Starlink, and constantly acknowledged that Russia was trying very hard to jam up their signal and service, but hadn’t had success doing it.