SpaceX: Welcome researchers to hack Starlink

Asian Tech Press (Aug 17) -- Elon Musk's SpaceX said it welcomes researchers to hack its Starlink and would pay them rewards of up to $25,000 if they find some bugs in the service.

The announcement came after Lennert Wouters, a security researcher at the Belgian university KU Leuven, said last week that he was able to launch a voltage fault injection attack on Starlink user terminals with a $25 homemade device and said he received a bounty from SpaceX.

In a document titled "Starlink welcomes security researchers (bring on the bugs)," SpaceX congratulated Wouters on his security research, saying "we found the attack to be technically impressive, and is the first attack of its kind that we are aware of in our system."

"We allow responsible security researchers to do their own testing, and we provide monetary rewards when they find and report vulnerabilities," SpaceX said in the document.

On SpaceX's bug bounty website, it says researchers who conduct non-disruptive tests on Starlink, report the findings, and discover vulnerabilities within scope can get rewards ranging from $100 to $25,000.

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