White House Issues Space-Security Directive to Address Potential for Satellite Hacks, Hijacks, Jams, and Other Disasters

By B.N. Frank

Despite expert warnings, opposition and accidents, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to approve tens of thousands of satellites and similar vehicles to provide internet coverage – including 5G – from space (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

Fortunately, the White House has now issued a directive that requires manufacturers to better monitor and safeguard these vehicles from all kinds of catastrophic possibilities.

From Defense One:

Fearing Satellite Hacks and Hijacks, White House Issues Space-Security Directive to Industry

Manufacturers need to build in better defenses and even ways to regain control of hijacked spacecraft, directive says.

Satellite makers and operators should harden their spacecraft against hackers and hijackers, and collaborate to make sure everyone is on the same page, according to a White House policy directive released Friday.

The new Space Policy-Directive 5 urges manufacturers to design their hardware and software so that operators can monitor and adapt to “activities that could manipulate, deny, degrade, disrupt, destroy, surveil, or eavesdrop on space system operations.” They should also have plans and tools in place to recapture control of satellites that get jammed, spoofed, hacked, or hijacked.

The directive urges satellite makers and operators to also better manage the security of ground stations and address “supply chain risks that affect cybersecurity of space systems.” It calls on satellite makers to better collaborate and “share threat, warning, and incident information within the space industry.”

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans from the telecom industry. Unfortunately they have an embarrassingly long track record of not doing so. Lawsuits have been filed against the agency for NOT protecting Americans from unsafe levels of radiation as well as 5G deployment on the ground (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and in space.

This directive is a step in the right direction but it doesn’t address other serious issues associated with satellites. People worldwide recently reported experiencing health issues after new satellites were launched. Of course – this may not be only from new satellites. Since 2018, people have also reported that they and their pets started having health issues after 5G was installed and turned on (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, other sources of wireless could be causing these health issues too. Adding insult to injury, this all seems to have been predicted LAST YEAR by The World Health Organization who warned that high levels of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) could lead to health issues in 30% of the population. Of course, environmental impacts of increased radiation are enormous as well. So will the White House ever address these issues too?

Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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