Honored to be on the judging panel for Hack-a-Sat at DefCon this year. Satellite hacking has been around for a while but it’s going mainstream! DARPA/CFT performers continue to show up, involved in a broad range of technologies. Very involved here too! hackasat.com
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The #nyansat ground station, from @redballoonsec, is looking awesome. It significantly lowers the barrier to entry for satellite communications. Just like #hackrf, by @michaelossmann, did for RF a few years back. Both were Cyber Fast Track (CFT) performers!

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In fact, there was a fair amount of satellite/RF/etc. focused efforts in CFT. Antenna Recognition Electro Magnetic Pulses Electro Magnetic Injection HackRF NFC fuzzing Secure Two Party Satellite Collision Checking Securing Legacy Radio Data Links
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I keep getting pleasantly reminded that CFT continues to live on in so many meaningful ways. It has continuing impact. It even spawned/inspired entire organizations [ DIUx en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defe… ]. People ask me why I shut it down nearing the end of my appointed term.
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To have the greatest impact and impart long lasting innovation... It had to leave a beautiful corpse. CFT needed to show the possible, shock and surprise the establishment, and ultimately not be co-opted and abused. I was the primary “checks & balance” mechanism.
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Thank you to all of the CFT performers for tacking a chance on me and the program. Thank you to AFRL, West Point, and @drolph for taking the risk and fighting alongside me. Thanks also to my most amazing SETA team. CFT was a team effort with truly amazing people throughout!
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Oh yeah, big ups to Richard Guidorizzi. He was instrumental in correctly shepherding CFT across the rainbow bridge. Big love. Lots and lots of people and lots and lots of awesome stories. Hacking the system from the inside invariably results in a wild ride and some wild tales.
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