US Air Force announces space satellite hacking contest

US Air Force announces space satellite hacking contest

The U.S. Air Force has announced a contest to hack and take control of a satellite in orbit. According to NPlus1, the qualifying stage will be held in late May, and the final of the competition is scheduled for August this year, when the DEF CON conference will be held.


According to the publication, at present there is a registration of contestants with the name Hack-A-Sat, teams of programmers and engineers capable of hacking a spacecraft are allowed to participate.

The qualification phase will begin on May 22 and will last 48 hours, during which the admitted teams will receive tasks, solve them and receive new ones. Based on the results of this stage, eight teams will be selected for participation in the final, as well as two substitutes (ninth and tenth places) in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The final, scheduled for August, will take place in two stages: on the first, teams will have to hack a spacecraft on the ground, and on the second, they will have access to the systems of a real satellite in orbit, which is still unknown. Hacking methods and problem solving should be described in the article. The winners who won the first three places will receive cash prizes: 20, 30 and 50 thousand dollars.

It is noted that the US military began to hold similar competitions in 2016, when the first one called “Hack the Pentagon” was announced. In 2019, a real F-15 combat fighter was provided for hacking. As a result of its hacking, several vulnerabilities in the aircraft software were revealed.
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  1. Irokez April 23 2020 14: 12 New
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    A good way, by the way, is to check the security of systems and identify potential hackers, and likewise, employees as programmers.
    1. rocket757 April 23 2020 14: 19 New
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      A good way to lure all .... hitrovanov, and then !!!! Soup with a cat will be made of some!
      The standard tactics of cunning and all sorts of services.
      Not in the first.
      1. Irokez April 23 2020 14: 22 New
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        Let's just say this is a well-known practice of all kinds of contests and competitions for identifying nuggets and gifted (sports, mathematics, music and the like). And what will happen to them later - it is only God knows, well, who gets where, then there is fate.
        1. rocket757 April 23 2020 14: 27 New
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          Competition is right. It’s a very effective way to show yourself and others to see.
          Only "games" with special services, this is the entrance to the rupe, and the exit .... different options are provided and rarely do they like them.
      2. Vol4ara April 23 2020 14: 58 New
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        Quote: rocket757
        A good way to lure all .... hitrovanov, and then !!!! Soup with a cat will be made of some!
        The standard tactics of cunning and all sorts of services.
        Not in the first.

        Only a full ram cuts a chicken that can carry golden eggs
        1. rocket757 April 23 2020 15: 05 New
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          The golden hen will be planted in a gilded cage ..... and sometimes you want to hen out in the fresh air or lie in the dust in the chicken. This I proposed to consider as an option.
          1. Vol4ara April 23 2020 21: 34 New
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            Quote: rocket757
            The golden hen will be planted in a gilded cage ..... and sometimes you want to hen out in the fresh air or lie in the dust in the chicken. This I proposed to consider as an option.

            Living in an iron cage, many want to get into the gold. A chance for freedom the world prosral in 91m
      3. Prisoner April 23 2020 15: 58 New
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        laughing Exactly. "They feed you. And you do not steal." (with)
    2. Lipchanin April 23 2020 15: 02 New
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      Quote: Irokez
      A good way, by the way, is to check the security of systems and identify potential hackers, and likewise, employees as programmers.

      Not about hackers.
      There is a good American film about a submarine captain whose task was to penetrate naval bases.
      Enormous forces were put up against him, but he still dropped there.
      This is something like that.
      The film is called "Remove the periscope" I advise you to watch at your leisure
    3. ROSS_51 April 23 2020 19: 58 New
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      White teams will break. These will not even be registered. Or does someone think of people with the highest IQ on the planet as fools?
  2. Svarog April 23 2020 14: 14 New
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    Thus, young and gifted hackers are hired .. Along the way, looking for vulnerabilities. Good practice, we can use it too.
    1. rocket757 April 23 2020 14: 20 New
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      Still not the most wise ones are caught.
      Sweet gingerbread, but what comes after it, options are possible.
      1. Vol4ara April 23 2020 14: 59 New
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        Quote: rocket757
        Still not the most wise ones are caught.
        Sweet gingerbread, but what comes after it, options are possible.

        50k greens in your pocket and employment
        1. rocket757 April 23 2020 15: 09 New
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          As an option, and this may be. Someone will see this manna from heaven, and some want to remain a "free shooter."
          I’m not saying anything, I’m just figuring out the options that I’ve visited.
        2. Vasyan1971 April 23 2020 15: 29 New
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          Quote: Vol4ara
          and employment

          On a short leash. Hearty and honorable. And then, raz and hello loose change.
          1. Vol4ara April 23 2020 21: 38 New
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            Quote: Vasyan1971
            Quote: Vol4ara
            and employment

            On a short leash. Hearty and honorable. And then, raz and hello loose change.

            If you are not Asange then nothing threatens you. Oh, how do you want to think that they are so bad, and people are recruited in order to kill later. In fact, people are being recruited in order to strangle infidels with their help, and including us, the Internet is now the same front as land, sea and air. But nobody forbids you to look at the world with wide eyes
            1. Vasyan1971 April 23 2020 22: 23 New
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              Quote: Vol4ara
              Oh, how do you want to think that they are so bad, and people are recruited in order to kill later.

              Well, it’s not for nothing that Hollywood constantly uses such plots. So close and understandable to the audience, including theirs. wassat
              Quote: Vol4ara
              But nobody forbids you to look at the world with wide eyes

    2. Lipchanin April 23 2020 14: 58 New
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      Quote: Svarog
      Thus, young and gifted hackers are hired .. Along the way, looking for vulnerabilities. Good practice, we can use it too.

      When the first wave of viruses went, no one knew how to deal with them.
      Then came all sorts of "laboratories" and "doctors"
      With viruses began to fight successfully.
      Immediately there was a version that the programs of these viruses were written by students, and then they entered the staff of these "laboratories" and "doctors" and began to successfully fight viruses.
      In favor of this version is the fact that someone, I just don’t remember who, long ago, blamed another company for creating viruses themselves and throwing antiviruses onto the market.
      It all hurt quickly. Before the virus appears, the antivirus is ready
      1. Svarog April 23 2020 16: 34 New
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        Quote: Lipchanin
        It all hurt quickly. Before the virus appears, the antivirus is ready

        Great business. So it was))
    3. orionvitt April 23 2020 16: 21 New
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      Who really needs to hack someone’s satellite, this is not advertised. And this is an ordinary American show, without which they can not.
    4. ROSS_51 April 23 2020 20: 00 New
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      Quote: Svarog
      Thus, young and gifted hackers are hired .. Along the way, looking for vulnerabilities. Good practice, we can use it too.

      Gifted hackers usually already have luggage in several criminal episodes. And I think our people have been using it for a long time, but not for grants and salaries, but: -start the course / keep it up.
      1. Svarog April 23 2020 20: 25 New
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        Quote: ROSS_51
        Quote: Svarog
        Thus, young and gifted hackers are hired .. Along the way, looking for vulnerabilities. Good practice, we can use it too.

        Gifted hackers usually already have luggage in several criminal episodes. And I think our people have been using it for a long time, but not for grants and salaries, but: -start the course / keep it up.

        Who has luggage - they are advanced .. and gifted - they should not be with luggage laughing
        1. ROSS_51 April 24 2020 00: 44 New
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          Quote: Svarog
          Quote: ROSS_51
          Quote: Svarog
          Thus, young and gifted hackers are hired .. Along the way, looking for vulnerabilities. Good practice, we can use it too.

          Gifted hackers usually already have luggage in several criminal episodes. And I think our people have been using it for a long time, but not for grants and salaries, but: -start the course / keep it up.

          Who has luggage - they are advanced .. and gifted - they should not be with luggage laughing

          Who cares .. Keyword hackers. We are not talking about the winners of the regional Olympiad in computer science, are we?
  3. Vladimir_2U April 23 2020 14: 25 New
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    Think about it, satellite! The main thing here is how to deliver a flash drive to it with the main hacker program! )))
    1. Irokez April 23 2020 14: 31 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      how to deliver a flash drive to it with the main hacker program!

      ))) On the radio channel. It’s not in vain that electronic warfare systems and taxis are with us.
  4. Amateur April 23 2020 14: 32 New
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    And whose satellite are they going to break? Again "translation difficulties"?
    1. Mikhail3 April 23 2020 14: 56 New
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      Own. There is a complex of common difficulties and problems that must be overcome without looking at the accessory of the apparatus. For example, "social engineering" is not applicable alone, that is, there is no way to find data about the developer’s mother on the network. True, a hacker can draw up a sensible questionnaire, and give it to intelligence, those on the sheet can find the data. Plus, there is a very low speed of data exchange with control loops, so you can try to crack the password for several years by brute force. Well, etc.
    2. Blackmokona April 23 2020 16: 08 New
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      Your decommissioned companion
  5. Thrifty April 23 2020 14: 34 New
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    Our experts are now hacking a dozen US satellites out of competition to prove their "qualifications" !!! lol good
  6. Dysindich April 23 2020 14: 43 New
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    Quote: Amateur
    And whose satellite are they going to break? Again "translation difficulties"?

    There is no doubt about this issue, although options are possible, but the choice is not rich.
    It can be seen that they became tight with intellectual potential, since they decided to attract the layman.
    1. Lipchanin April 23 2020 14: 51 New
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      Quote: Dysindich
      once decided to attract the layman.

      "Geniuses are born in the provinces, and die in Paris"
  7. Vasyan1971 April 23 2020 15: 26 New
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    The winners who won the first three places will receive cash prizes: 20, 30 and 50 thousand dollars.

    And just in case, places in a comfortable sharashka.
  8. Malibu April 23 2020 16: 25 New
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    I hope our programmers do not fall for this lure ..
    How many of our talented people are already imprisoned, or most likely working in the USA under supervision .. They are cheating on them, stealing them under far-fetched accusations and that’s all ..
  9. APASUS April 23 2020 16: 53 New
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    Hackers are caught all over the world, and then they offered to participate in the hacking program and still earn 50 thousand green ones. Damn it’s just funny grandmothers for a serious cracker.
    1. Grass April 23 2020 17: 21 New
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      This is a prestige for their entire hacker world. Break the Pentagon satellite! The four-eyed will honor you as a living God.
      1. APASUS April 23 2020 17: 23 New
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        Quote: Grass
        This is a prestige for their entire hacker world. Break the Pentagon satellite! The four-eyed will honor you as a living God.

        This is a direct way to jail! Just then they will offer you a contract that you can’t refuse, or a period of 500 years!
        1. Grass April 23 2020 17: 28 New
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          A lot in the hacker world is a direct way to prison! But nothing can stop them. These are hackers. How many Americans have caught them, but every year the same thing. Hacks, theft of millions of dollars, arrests, extradition to the United States. And all in a circle. Courage kids))
          1. APASUS April 23 2020 17: 29 New
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            Quote: Grass
            A lot in the hacker world is a direct way to prison! But nothing can stop them. These are hackers. How many Americans have caught them, but every year the same thing.

            Here, and here you don’t need to catch, the calculation of greed
            1. Grass April 23 2020 17: 34 New
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              Greed? Hardly. 50 K greens in our time is almost no money. Moreover, teams participate in the competition.
              This is primarily prestige. If I were a smart hacker, I would definitely participate. ((
  10. Pvi1206 April 23 2020 17: 39 New
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    An interesting idea is to direct the efforts of hackers to the benefit of the state .... and hackers are interested in testing their capabilities ... however, then they will all be put under a hood ...
    1. voyaka uh April 23 2020 18: 37 New
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      There are quite official hacker firms. And individual freelance hackers.
      Which are used to verify the reliability of networks, chips, systems.
      They will participate.
      Plus young singles who want to try themselves in a serious competition.
      Facebook, Google and others sometimes take it this way: hack the system in X
      minutes - you're in the company. Neither education nor how many years are asked.
  11. lvov_aleksey April 24 2020 20: 48 New
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    the main thing is that then they should not be caught around the world and not planted!
  12. Sniper Amateur April 24 2020 21: 29 New
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    Cool anti-satellite weapons ... good