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How to get away with hacking a US satellite


By now we’re used to the idea of software companies running bug bounty initiatives which hand out thousands of dollars in prizes to independent researchers who find and responsibly disclose security holes.

But, as Wired reports, it’s not just technology companies who are recognising the advantages of having white hat hackers test their systems.

The US Air Force is said to be so happy with how a group of non-military researchers uncovered serious vulnerabilities in an F-15 fighter jet system at the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, that it is promising to run a similar competition next year that will probe the security of orbiting satellites.

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