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Re: ISS SSTV Project - Computer Breach

Floyd Bixler
 

Clint,  being a retired IT systems Engineer and Developer I’m wondering if he really hacked himself into the ISS system (a dangerous move if he could also hack other ISS systems), or he used some other technique to disrupt the project.  One idea falls to mind with a satellite project I worked on for sending digital data streams to the war fighters in Bosnia.  We actually used a normal satellite (as a test, mind you) that just happened to be in the right place and “bounced” our signal off the satellite without actually using the satellite systems.  We actually hear this a lot when looking for Meteor bounce when, sometimes, we can hear signals bouncing off satellites and not meteors.

 

It would seem to me that if this guy had the right power/antenna system, he could do the same.  It would disrupt the real transmissions with his own and prevent other hams from receiving anything at all or very little.

 

Just a thought, but you probably have a lot more info than I do.  I hope we can figure this out.

 

Floyd Bixler, DA1VF/WD8DUP

 

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From: Clint Bradford via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, August 3, 2019 19:37
To: Work-Sat@groups.io
Subject: [Work-Sat] ISS SSTV Project - Computer Breach

 

During the current ISS SSTV project, a Nova Scotia ham intentionally hacked* 
into the ISS' computer that was handling sending the images.

That is correct. He accessed a foreign government’s computer system - with
the intent to disrupt an official ISS project by sending out his own image(s).

Several other amateur radio operators have written that their reception of
“legitimate” images from the ISS project were interrupted by this unauthorized
activity.

The offending ham has publicly pronounced himself a hero and that his actions 
are an “experiment” worthy of merit and accolades from the amateur radio community. 
He says he is well-within his rights to access the ISS' computer without obtaining 
permission. Heck, a couple AMSAT-NA board candidates have applauded and
endorsed his activity.

Again - someone accessed another's computer without permission, interrupting 
an ongoing project.

SO - What is next, if there are no repercussions to the offender? 

How about keying up on ARISS project frequencies and interrupting an ARISS 
project-in-progress? NASA and the other space agencies involved would shut 
down the ARISS schedule until they are assured that a “cure” to that malicious 
and intentional is “cured” to their satisfaction.

This offending ham’s hacking/breach should be universally condemned.

Clint Bradford K6LCS

* - Some have been irritated that I use the term "hacking," to describe this 
illegal activity. According to California law, U.S. statutes, Canadian cybercrime
statutes, and international treaties, "hacking" is defined as "access to another's
computer without obtaining permission." 

 

ISS SSTV Project - Computer Breach

Clint Bradford
 

During the current ISS SSTV project, a Nova Scotia ham intentionally hacked* 
into the ISS' computer that was handling sending the images.

That is correct. He accessed a foreign government’s computer 
system - with
the intent to disrupt an official ISS project by sending out his own image(s).

Several other amateur 
radio operators have written that their reception of
“legitimate” images from the 
ISS project were interrupted by this unauthorized
activity.


The offending ham has publicly pronounced himself a hero and that his actions 
are an “experiment” worthy of merit and accolades from the amateur radio community. 
He says he is well-within his rights to access the ISS' computer without obtaining 
permission. Heck, a couple AMSAT-NA board candidates have applauded and
endorsed his activity.


Again - someone accessed another's computer without permission, interrupting 
an ongoing project.

SO - What is next, if there are no repercussions to the offender? 

How about keying up on ARISS project frequencies and interrupting an ARISS 
project-in-progress? NASA and the other space agencies involved would shut 
down the ARISS schedule until they are assured that a “cure” to that malicious 
and intentional is “cured” to their satisfaction.

This offending ham’s hacking/breach should be universally condemned.

Clint Bradford K6LCS

* - Some have been irritated that I use the term "hacking," to describe this 
illegal activity. According to California law, U.S. statutes, Canadian cybercrime
statutes, and international treaties, "hacking" is defined as "access to another's
computer without obtaining permission."

Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Amir K9CHP
 

Thanks, Clint. 

--

73 de Amir K9CHP

ARRL, Emergency Coordinator (EC)
Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club www.W2CM.org
Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse  www.ragsclub.org
Wilderness SAR (ret.) www.wsar.org
Eagle Valley Search Dogs (ret.) www.evdogs.org

On Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 18:21 Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Not one of the 12 from the ISS (g).

Well, at least not an image involved in the official ARISS event. 

It WAS transmitted through ISS equipment - a kind if 
”hack” by a ham - the details of which I do not want to publish.

Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Clint Bradford
 

Slawek SQ3OOK (ARISS SSTV Award Manager) and his team are to be commended for their work on these “diplomas.”


Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

Not one of the 12 from the ISS (g).

Well, at least not an image involved in the official ARISS event. 

It WAS transmitted through ISS equipment - a kind if 
”hack” by a ham - the details of which I do not want to publish.

Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Amir K9CHP
 

I got this pic from the ISS... It just dies not look like the other pics I got so far. Did anybody else get that one? The call sign, checked on QRZ, does not seem related to space programs.. 

--

73 de Amir K9CHP

ARRL, Emergency Coordinator (EC)
Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club www.W2CM.org
Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse  www.ragsclub.org
Wilderness SAR (ret.) www.wsar.org
Eagle Valley Search Dogs (ret.) www.evdogs.org

On Tue, Jul 30, 2019, 20:13 Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
From ARISS -

**Update July 30, 2019**

Confirmed that the SSTV images to be sent from Aug. 1-4 will be the Owen Garriott images. It is unknown how the current hardware issue will impact the operation during this period of time.

http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

 

Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

Just successfully received Images 10 and 11 of the ISS’ SSTV project this afternoon.

1. Uploaded them to …

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/submit.php

2. Then I went to the Polish site to apply for their “diploma” award …

https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/

3. Then I applied for a QSL card from the ISS. For the US, send your reception report
(date, time in UTC, frequency, and mode (voice, packet, or SSTV) to the address
that follows. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (no cash nor IRC coupons)
to ...

Bruce Hunter, W6WW
ARISS USA QSL Manager
13436 Lakota Road
Apple Valley CA 92308

For other countries, please go to https://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html for info!

And if I had received 15 or more images, I could have applied for AMSAT-
Argentina's award at ...

http://www.amsat.org.ar/

What fun!!!

Clint

Re: Next ISS SSTV Event

Clint Bradford
 

SSTV: AMSAT ARGENTINA AWARD still running! by Micol Ivancic

SSTV event is running!

Remember that, in addition to ARISS SSTV AWARD as communicated in ARISS New Release #12, there is also the AMSAT ARGENTINA SSTV AWARD still running! By now only four hams got it. Enjoy!

All informations and rules here: http://amsat.org.ar/?f=9

Future Equipment for ISS Passes Critical Testing

Clint Bradford
 

ARISS Next Generation Radio System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

https://amsat-uk.org/2019/07/31/ariss-next-generation-radio-system-completes-critical-flight-certification-tests/

Next ISS SSTV Event

Clint Bradford
 

From ARISS -

**Update July 30, 2019**

Confirmed that the SSTV images to be sent from Aug. 1-4 will be the Owen Garriott images. It is unknown how the current hardware issue will impact the operation during this period of time.

http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

 

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

Fellow hams have captured eleven of twelve images already!

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

Refining the details ...

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Randy Davenport
 

Frequency?


On Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 10:46 PM Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
ARISS SSTV EVENT UPDATE: 
This update concerns the planned Owen Garriott Commemorative SSTV Event currently scheduled 
for Aug. 1 - 4. 
Please make note that the content of these upcoming SSTV transmissions may change. An update is expected after Friday, July 26 as to what the image content will be for the August 1-4 dates. If this change takes place, the Owen Garriott image transmissions will be postponed until another event can be scheduled toward the end of August.
 
Dave, AA4KN
ARISS PR

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

ARISS SSTV EVENT UPDATE: 
This update concerns the planned Owen Garriott Commemorative SSTV Event currently scheduled 
for Aug. 1 - 4. 
Please make note that the content of these upcoming SSTV transmissions may change. An update is expected after Friday, July 26 as to what the image content will be for the August 1-4 dates. If this change takes place, the Owen Garriott image transmissions will be postponed until another event can be scheduled toward the end of August.
 
Dave, AA4KN
ARISS PR

People to Know

Clint Bradford
 

Alan K0BG and Hector NP3IR have each contributed to the world of amateur radio for the benefit of all: Alan for his sharing of  experiences for mobile rig installations, and Hector for his creation of Spanish-language training materials.
 
See their works at ...
 
 
... and ...
 
NP3IR on Twitter and Facebook
http://www.np3ir.com
 
Clint

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

Re: ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

If you have never worked SSTV from the ISS, it is incredibly easy - as simple as holding up your Smartphone up to your HT’s speaker!

Here’s a page with links to resources ...

http://www.work-sat.com/SSTV.html

ARISS-SSTV Project

Clint Bradford
 

Monday, July 22, 2019
Two SSTV events during July 29 - August 4.
 
Below is the scheduled (as of July 22) for the planned activation of SSTV from the ISS. The first session is the routine MAI-75 activity that is only active for a few orbits. It appears that the most of the world (except N. America) will get a shot during the two day run. Some lucky operators along the east coast of North America should get a pass on July 29.


Inter-MAI-75 activity
(July 29) GMT 210/13:15  – SSTV activate
(July 29) GMT 210/21:25  – SSTV power down
 
(July 30) GMT 211/13:50 – SSTV power up
(July 30) GMT 211/19:30 – SSTV shutdown
 
The second event will be a world wide event running from August 1 through August 4 and will be a memorial event to honor Owen Garriott - W5LFL. He was the first person to operate amateur radio from space. We owe much to his efforts to bring the hobby to space for other operators. The schedule is below  (as of July 22)


 
ARISS Garriott memorial SSTV activity
(Aug 01) GMT 213/09:40  – SSTV activate
(Aug 02) GMT 214/14:00 – SSTV check 
(Aug 04) GMT 216/18:15 – SSTV shutdown

 

Re: Try AO-85 Again ...

Jer W
 

Hi Clint,
I figured that is what was happening during the eclipse.
Thanks.

Jerry


On Friday, July 19, 2019, 6:16:12 PM EDT, Clint Bradford via Groups.Io <clintbradford@...> wrote:


It is the phase in which the satellite doesn't receive the sunlight to recharge itself through the solar cells that in turn reduces the power of the satellite to transmit/receive signals from the earth station.

Is that helpful?