The next cloud is in orbit? Hacking satellites for fun

Thu 07Dec2023

Daniele Lain (ETH)

From 11:00 until 12:30

At CAB H 52 (Seminar) + CNB/F/110 (Lunch) , ETH Zurich

CAB H 52 (Seminar) + CNB/F/110 (Lunch), ETH Zurich



Hack-A-Sat was a 4-years long aerospace-inspired cybersecurity competition organized by the US department of Air and Space force. After three simulated editions, this year's competition finals took place on a real satellite in orbit - called Moonlighter - and the Italian team mhackeroni won it. This talk overviews the Hack-A-Sat competition, what types of security challenges we had to solve, and the challenges of running a security exercise on a real satellite without turning it into space junk within minutes from the start. From here, we will reflect on how Capture The Flag cybersecurity games and competitions can have a role in academia and industry and become great teaching aids - drawing from 7 years of experience both as a player and an organizer who brought CTFs into university curricula and industry training for developers.

Join us in CAB H 52 (Seminar) + CNB/F/110 (Lunch).

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