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This $1,000 device lets hackers hijack satellite communications

A satellite tracking technology can be easily hacked with the help of a $1,000 device made of off the shelf components, according to a security researcher who found a flaw in the technology.

Taking advantage of this flaw, criminal hackers could track and hijack valuable cargo, such as military supplies or cash and gold stored in an armored car, according to Colby Moore, a researcher at security firm Synack, who plans to show off his findings at the upcoming Black Hat security conference.

Moore claims that the communications between trackers sold by GlobalStar and its constellation of satellites is insecure, allowing pretty much anyone to intercept it and even send its own spoofed signal to the satellites. This flaw, according to Moore, shows that satellite companies like GlobalStar aren’t taking basic steps to make their technologies secure.

“We’re only at the tip of the iceberg for the implications around this,” Moore told Motherboard in a phone interview. “It’s really critical that these companies start taking security seriously.”

“It’s really critical that these companies start taking security seriously.”

GlobalStar markets its satellite tracking devices to corporations and government agencies that want to track their valuable assets. They can also be used to monitor industrial critical infrastructure such as pipelines, or to track hikers and other adventurers who use GlobalStar’s consumer tracker called “Spot.”

All these devices, according to Moore, depend on the same, flawed technology, known as the Simplex data network, which is used to send data between the transmitters and the satellites.

More said he was able to reverse engineer the protocol underlying the network and find that all these devices use the same code to transmit data, making it “very easy’ to intercept data flowing from the devices to the satellites.

Read the full story at:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-1000-device-lets-hackers-hijack-satellite-communications

RADIO REGULATION: TWO FCC CRACKDOWNS

In amateur radio, interference has a price, and in the case of repeat offender Michael Guernsey of Michigan, it?s a hefty one. The FCC has hit Guernsey, license KZ80 (formerly ND8V), with a $22,000 fine for intentionally causing interference with amateur communications and for his failure to identify on the air.

Guernsey, who has a publicly documented history of offenses and violations dating back for more than 10 years, had first been given an FCC warning a year ago that he faced a fine of this magnitude. On July 2014, the agency issued a Notice of Apparent Liability, proposing the fine in light of Guernsey's long and contentious history, which at one point also included a nine-month license suspension. At the time of the notice, Guernsey denied he had created the interference, suggesting that another, nearby radio amateur was the source. The FCC, however, said it had positively ruled that possibility out after monitoring his station.

Last week's Forfeiture Order recapped Guernsey's violations, citing ?the deliberate playing of music on top of the transmissions of other amateur operators? adding that he employed ?various animal noises to prevent the communications of other stations with whom he had a longstanding and well-documented dispute.?

Guernsey has 30 days to pay up  or arrange for an installment plan.

Another ham ? this time in Georgia ? has also landed in a tangle with the FCC on charges he repeatedly failed to identify himself and to acknowledge earlier FCC warnings.

The FCC said that despite having documented charges against David Tolassi, W4BHV, by monitoring and recording his operations, the amateur has denied that he failed to identify himself on the air. The agency said Tolassi had shown ?deliberate disregard? for earlier warnings.

The FCC has proposed fining Tolassi $1,000......remember him?


These latest agency actions were made public a week after the FCC announced it would be closing 11 of its 24 Enforcement Bureau field offices for reasons of efficiency and economy.

(ARRL, QRZNOW, FCC)

UPDATE: DATE SET TO END VANITY FEE

The regulatory fee to apply for a vanity call sign becomes history on Sept. 3. The FCC had announced last May it planned to retire the fee to reduce related administrative costs but did not say, at the time, when the fee would disappear.
The agency now says that beginning Sept. 3, amateurs filing a vanity application will no longer have to pay. The FCC said the revenue it would otherwise collect from this and other regulatory fees ?will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.? The agency has a congressional mandate to collect an estimated $340 million in fees from all services in fiscal 2015 The vanity call sign?s present fee of $21.40 had been increased by the FCC from $16.10 in 2014, making it the largest hike in years.

(ARRL)

RADIO RECIPROCITY


For hams, this may be the closest they?ll get to having dual citizenship: British amateurs are getting the opportunity next month to take the American license exam being offered at Lyne Village Hall in Surrey, England. ARRL Volunteer Examiners will offer the test on Aug. 27, charging the customary fee of 15 U.S. dollars ? which comes out to be approximately 1 pound sterling in the UK.

Advocates in Britain are encouraging amateurs to go for it, since an American license would enable them to get on the air in the United States should they find themselves visiting and with access to radio equipment.

The exam is being made possible through a reciprocal license offer between the U.S. and Britain?s Office of Communications. Registration deadline is Aug. 13. Applicants are being directed to Gene Reynolds, M0ZRG, N2ZTX.

(Southgate Amateur Radio News, Russ Roberts/KH6JRM blog)

PIMA COUNTY GETS PREPARED


In Pima County, Arizona, first responders have adopted a reliable backup for when their emergency communications network fails. Not surprisingly, it?s ham radio. Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has the story:

(Pima County, Arizona)

IRELAND'S NODE FOR NEWS

The opportunity for more international QSOs via EchoLink just grew by one more gateway, thanks to the Avondhu Radio Club in Ireland. Club members have announced that their new node, based in Watergrasshill, County Cork, has become operational, under the call sign EI7WHG. Hams looking for access to the repeater should key in EchoLink node number 395897. Locally, the repeater is at 430.075 MHz, with a 67Hz tone.

(IRISH RADIO TRANSMITTER SOCIETY)

DEVELOPING NATIONS GET GRANTS


Three amateur radio projects have been announced as the newest recipients of supporting grants from the Yasme Foundation, the California-based not-for-profit which assists such projects in developing countries.

They are: The Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Radio Team Championship, for fees associated with special call sign stations; the Reverse Beacon Network, to enable equipment to be bought to establish a node in Ethiopia at club station ET3AA; and in Liberia, a representative of the Voodoo Contest Group for materials to train future licensees.

Yasme, named for the boat of pioneering DXPeditioner Danny Weil, a Silent Key, works to advance development of amateur radio around the world. For more information about the foundation, visit www.yasme.org

(YASME FOUNDATION)

CASSIOPE FIELD DAY RESULT


More than a month after Field Day, the excitement continues over that big event?s results -- only this time the scores have nothing to do with points and multipliers.

The success, in this case, belongs to the Canadian-built CASSIOPE Satellite and the international group of researchers working with it. A radio receiver instrument on board the satellite was able to pick up, decode, and listen in on, numerous Field Day stations tramsitting CW on 80 and 40 meters, according to researchers. The radio receiver instrument, known as the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe, or ePOP, measured the outflow of plasma from the ionosphere into near-Earth geospace.

Most of the 23 stations the on-board instrument picked up and decoded were in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana ? with most of them on 40 meters.

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, a graduate researcher from Virginia Tech, said the experiment opens the door to design more tests of this kind.

(ARRL, Russ Roberts/KH6JRM blog)

STUDENTS BREAK FOR LAUNCH


Six Colorado students, working in cooperation with their school's amateur radio program, can honestly say they had a blast - or rather, a blastoff - earlier this month.
The youngsters created an Automatic Packet Reporting System beacon that was sent into space on July 18 aboard a 25-foot United Launch Alliance rocket in Pueblo, Colorado. The students from the STEM School and Adademy in Highlands Ranch designed and built the payload with the help of Academy instructor Jeff Dunker and the students? mentors at Ball Aerospace and United Launch Alliance.

Transmissions from the 2-meter, 2-pound payload allow those on the receiving end to determine speed, elevation and GPS data while the rocket flies at 10,000 feet. The APRS uses the school?s AB0BX repeater on the national APRS frequency.

"It's like fox hunting with radios," said Byron Paul Veal of the Rocky Mountain Division of the APRL. "We find triangulations that are emitted by a frequency when it launches."

Students will also be able to locate the ultimate landing spot by receiving longitude and latitude via GPS. While in flight, however, the rocket and that special payload will provide high adventure -- in every sense of the word.

(Centennial Citizen, ARRL Rocky Mountain Division)

ALL'S FAIR IN RADIO AND WAR


In amateur radio, as in war, poor conditions don?t bring the action to a grinding halt. And so it was with Special Event Station ON1418WOD, which faced off against uncooperative propagation on Sunday, July 19, as its crew in Great Britain proceeded with their planned commemoration of those who died in World War I. The portable station kept its spirits, and its signal, up and contacted what it called ?a large number? of stations against the odds. Their next battle strategy: to prepare for next year?s event and hope the bands do the same.

(SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS, Russ Roberts/KH6JRM blog)


RADIO RESEARCH: HAARP GETS A TRANSFER


HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, is going to college. The ionospheric research facility is set to move from the hands of the U.S. Air Force to join the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on Aug. 11. The Gakona, Alaska facility was spared from shutdown and demolition last year by the military?s agreement to delay that plan. And now it is about to become part of the university?s Geophysical Institute, under a agreement between the school and the Air Force.

The news is especially heartening to the ARRL, whose CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, had praised HAARP?s research for its value to amateur radio operators in a letter earlier this year to Chuck Hagel, then Secretary of Defense.

?Most of our 164,000 members employ ionospheric propagation of HF radio signals for their communications and technical investigations,? Sumner wrote. ?Ionospheric research,? he continued, ?therefore has great significance and importance to us.?

University researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, was among those from the amateur community advocating for the facility. He has told ARRL that HAARP, which has 180 radio antennas, has ?unique relevance to hams.? He said, however, that the facility has been relatively idle since June of last year and it wasn?t likely research would resume there until next spring.

(ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS, ARRL)

IN DX:


During the upcoming International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, Aug. 14 through 16, look for members of the RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO operating as special event call sign CW1R from Punta del Este Lighthouse. They?ll be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes with at least two stations on the air. QSLs are via the Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo, URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA (w/self-addressed envelope and 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps).


The Nikola Tesla birthday celebrations aren?t through yet. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla, E74BYZ, are continuing their activity honoring the radio pioneer through Aug. 10 from Banja Luka. QSL direct via E77E or E7 QSL Bureau. Also via e-QSL. The anniversary of Tesla?s birthday was July 10.


Kenji JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/4 from Kasado
Island in Yamaguchi Prefecture between August 22-23rd. Activity
will be on 40/20/17/15/6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via JA4GXS, direct or by the Bureau.


Henning, OZ1BII, will once again be active as ZF2EE from George Town, Cayman Islands (NA-016), between August 7-9th. Find Henning on 160 through 10 meters, on mainly CW using an Elecraft K3 w/100w into Cushcraft R6 vertical and a 110 ft Long Wire. It will be a busy time for Henning, who also plans to be in the Worked All European DX CW Contest as Single-Op/All- Band/Low-power entry from the ZF1A clubstation. He plans to work non-EU stations before and after the contest. QSL via OZ1BII, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, visit: www.oz1bii.dk


Rene, DL2JRM, will be active as OY/DL2JRM from the Faroe Islands (EU-018) between August 7 and 10th.˙ Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly CW. QSL via DL2JRM, by the Bureau or direct.

(OHIO-PENN DX NEWSLETTER)


 

 



New England Hams you might run across on 3864 or 3910.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
NIEDU- Dave.... ex-Asst. manager at HRO's Salem store and for some unknown reason rides his cycle year round..
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..

K1JEK-Joe.........Easy going, can be found at every ham flea market in New England ...Cobra Antenna builder..
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike- claims to have been abducted by aliens......Temper!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
WB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...

Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......claims to an appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session

Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on 20 meters..........