According to the Yale report, Russian spying could extend to people’s private communications.
Russia is possibly spying on the Finns’ communications in a way that is little known. Yale says that spy satellites, called Lutsch (beam, spotlight, beam of light), are directed next to communications satellites, in which case the latter’s weakly encrypted communications can be stolen and transferred to the ground to be copied. can be done.
Intercepted data traffic also includes people’s personal communications. During the last year there have been cases when the Russian satellite was at a distance of only 400 meters. For example, Russia has been spying on the communications of Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite services company, for 145 consecutive days. Intelsat rents its capacity to other companies. Currently, the Russian Lutsh-2 satellite is next to the Eutelsat 3B satellite used, among other things, by Yale.
Yale outlines four ways in which Russia could pose a threat in space: starting with spying on telecommunications, as described above, cyberattacks on satellite systems, real-time surveillance of a certain geographic area such as the Baltic Sea, and A chain reaction occurred. Destroying satellites, where scrap destroys more satellites.
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