Coverage by CyberInflight of the Russian satellite telecom Dozor-Teleport Attack

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CyberInflight (www.cyberinflight.com) is an independant consulting and business intelligence company dedicated to the topic of Aerospace Cybersecurity. CyberInflight’s goal is to raise the global cybersecurity awareness of aerospace stakeholders providing them with refined information and analysis. Its expertise combines strategic market intelligence and technical proficiency, both required in the demanding field of cybersecurity.

With the permission of Florent Rizzo, founder and CEO of CyberInflight, we are sharing below an analysis by a CyberInflight analyst of the attack on the Russian satellite telecom.

Overview of cyberattacks on space ecosystem (excerpt) – Copyright CyberInflight

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On June 28-29, 2023, a series of messages on a Telegram channel claimed a large-scale cyber attack against Dozor-Teleport. Along with the claim messages, numerous files to download, an audio recording, and several screenshots were made available. The attacker(s) claimed affiliation with the Wagner Group without providing any additional evidence.

The information was first picked up on Twitter by pro-Ukrainian accounts. It quickly leaked to numerous cybersecurity news sites worldwide. Within 12 hours, major news outlets such as The Washington Post reported the information. Within 24 hours, the information was present on a range of media platforms.

During this dissemination, the information underwent a true game of « Chinese whispers. » The initial articles simply reproduced the information as it was published on Twitter or Telegram, barely mentioning that it was what the attackers claimed. Subsequently, various media outlets started amplifying the information. Headlines suggested that a Russian military satellite network had been hacked before articles began appearing about hacked Russian military communication satellites.

Artist view of satellite

In general, several issues continue to arise regarding the treatment of information about attacks in the space domain:

  1. Once the word « satellite » is mentioned, the information suddenly gains interest in terms of cybersecurity. The reason is simple: the combination of space and cyber can quickly evoke fascination. The downside is that sensationalist headlines often multiply.
  2. There is a clear lack of perspective regarding information related to cyberattacks. The need to be the first to publish information (which is understandable) leads to approximate or poorly verified information spreading rapidly.
  3. The study and questioning of sources are rarely emphasized. Many press articles simply republish what has already been said without verifying the primary source of the information. As a result, basic information quickly becomes considered as true. For example, based on a given analysis on Twitter, it has been repeated by numerous media outlets that it was the first attack on a satellite provider since Viasat, which is false.In the era of OSINT (Open-Source Intelligence), the amount of available information is considerable, but there is a lack of necessary reflection for understanding the information. Consequently, certain major cyberattacks that occurred over a year ago, such as the Viasat attack, remain particularly vague in both their execution and impact.

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CyberInflight released in April 2023, a strategic report as a unique resource on the space cybersecurity domain consolidating all necessary information to better comprehend the market and make insightful decision making.

SPACE CYBERSECURITY : Market Intelligence Report Presentation (Copyright CyberInflight)

CyberInflight is at the forefront of this domain and one of the only market intelligence company to have consolidated such amount of information in a single document.

In this Space Cybersecurity Market Intelligence report, you will find :

  • Strategic approach
  • Interview campaign (~30 interviewees from the entire value chain)
  • Market outlook
  • Sector trends and dynamics
  • Strategic analysis and forecast
  • Stakeholders’ profile
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Threat intelligence

You can find here the excerpt of the last Space Cybersecurity Market Intelligence 2023 Report edited by CyberInflight.

CyberInflight’s Space Cybersecurity Weekly Watch

CyberInflight are releasing also a Space Cybersecurity Weekly Watch. The team consolidates a weekly watch with all the space cybersecurity news you shouldn’t miss.

In this Space Cybersecurity Watch, you will find Articles, company’s communications, whitepapers, academic works, podcast, and sources not to be missed on the topic of space cybersecurity over a specified timeframe.

The areas covered by this watch are : geopolitic, market & competition, threat intelligence, regulation, technology, training & education, important news.

You can find here some samples of their last Space Cybersecurity Market Intelligence 2023 Report.

More about CyberInflight

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