A Belgian security researcher successfully hacked Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite dishes with the help of a homemade circuit board that cost about $25 to create, according to various media reports. Lennert Wouters gave a presentation titled “Glitched on Earth by humans” at the annual Black Hat Security Conference on August 10, where he described the vulnerabilities that enabled him to break into Starlink satellite terminals and write his custom code.
“The widespread availability of Starlink User Terminals (UT) exposes them to hardware hackers and opens the door for an attacker to freely explore the network,” Wouters said in a press release. During the Conference, he demonstrated a modchip, also known as a homemade circuit board, to attendees, according to Wired. The modchip would directly connect to a Starlink dish and was built using components that could easily be purchased off-the-shelf for about $25.