Elon Musk says he successfully resisted Starlink jamming and hacking attempts in Ukraine


Elon Musk, the tech mogul, warned earlier this month that his Starlink communications satellite, the only non-Russian system operating in conflict-torn Ukraine, was vulnerable to being targeted by hackers. In a tweet today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starlink has so far successfully resisted all jamming and hacking attempts.

Responding to a news report alleging the Russian military hacked into satellite communications equipment in Ukraine at the start of the war, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company managed to keep the hackers at bay .

Musk posted a warning tweet earlier this month.

“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communication system still functioning in parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high. Please use with caution,” the tweet read.

The next day, Musk announced that SpaceX, which operates Starlink, had focused on cybersecurity and signal jamming. Musk warned that the move could create minor delays to Starship and Starlink V2.

Musk added that some Starlink terminals in Ukrainian crisis areas were clogged for several hours at a time. But, according to Musk, his company’s latest software update avoided the jamming.

In a speech on Monday, US President Joe Biden advised US companies to be vigilant as evidence indicates the Russians are “exploring alternatives” to potential cyberattacks.

Elon Musk announced that his company SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service had been activated in Ukraine shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of its neighbor on February 24, after an official in kyiv asked him to do so.

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX that provides satellite internet connectivity to 31 countries on Earth, with plans to expand the service across the globe. There have been 2,335 Starlinks launched, with 2,112 still in orbit. As of March 2022, 1,575 were in licensed operational shells and 447 were in the process of ascending into orbit to these shells.

The constellation will eventually consist of tens of thousands of tiny, mass-produced satellites in low Earth orbit, communicating with designated ground-based transceivers. While satellite internet service is technically feasible for the majority of the world’s population, it can only be offered in countries where SpaceX has obtained a license to provide service in a specific national jurisdiction.


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