Thankfully the risk of hacking is infinitesimal, and NASA's unlikely to need to do any remote patching – as freaking epic as that would be. ®"
I think you have just issued a challenge, hopefully nobody will take it up.
The vice-president of the United States, Kamala Harris, was mocked by commentators this week for her aversion to Bluetooth on security grounds. Security professionals think she has a point – given her position. "Should someone who travels with the nuclear football be spending time untangling her headphone wires? The American …
I find the idea of being able to compromise something in space fascinating. I assume that naturally there is encryption on the links to these various craft. I do wonder what is up there that people can control from Earth with the right resources. More so, has there been or is there any evidence that anyone ever has?
Telecommand is not usually encrypted, but it is normally authenticated. If the command receiver does not get any usable messages for a certain period it (should) assume that the key might have been corrupted so it can revert to unauthenticated commands (i.e. ignore the digital signature).
While that might seem open to abuse, it would be unusual for a working system not to get regular commands even if they are just to dump status, etc. Also it takes a good bit of hardware to have a go at such a link, more so if deep space!
Telecommand is not usually encrypted, but it is normally authenticated. .... Paul Crawford
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> An Associated Press article stated that the nickname "football" was derived from an attack plan codenamed "Dropkick". The nickname has led to some confusion as to the nature—and even the shape—of the device, as the leather bag or "jacket" in which it is carried appears large enough to contain an actual football.
As a Brit, I just had to look this up on Wikipedia as it is obviously not an actual football. Outside of that context, the term "football" really does seem rather bizarre. Why don't they just describe it as a bag? Which is what it is.
I think everyone who reads The Reg knows what the nuclear football is in the context of the vice president of the United States of America. It's been referenced on TV, and in movies, articles, and books.
It's like we don't have to explain what the FBI is. Everyone's seen the X Files.
Well I had a bit of a trawl around the office here (in BC, Canada mind, so still North America) and everyone except me seems to know the term. A completely new one on me and I thought I was pretty well read.
When I saw the picture of the bag I expected it to have a ball shaped bulge.
I'm pretty certain that almost everybody who reads ElReg knows that the Presidential Emergency Satchel (US version) is called "the football" by those who actually deal with it day to day.
 Note that this has absolutely nothing to do with the ball sport, so arguments over whether this is US football, Soccer, Aussie football, or some other, are quite silly.
Or, considering my "successes" in pairing earphones and other stuff to my phone, it could be she just wants something that works.
It sucks paying $600 for a helmet with a built-in Bluetooth communications unit that just won't pair to anything except an iPhone. It also kind of sucks having earphone wires flapping in the breeze, but at least they work.
I also have a shitty app to control settings on my motorcycle where pairing doesn't work in the current version. You have to install an older version, pair it, and update.
I work in an office where the other occupants are writing an app for motor cyclists , putting photos on maps and tracking and a heap of other shit , that apparently no motor cycle rider can do without,
and guess what! it'll only run on an apple, so most real M/C riders are safe.
I ride to escape why bring the jail with you?
I'm glad she takes security seriously. OK, this might be a very small chance of attack but it shows that she's being careful.
Take the former POTUS for example, his twitter account was (allegedly) hacked previously as reported on this very website. https://www.theregister.com/2020/10/23/trump_twitter_account_no_mfa/
In a definite case of someone who should know better, former Yahoo! CEO! Marissa Mayer publiclly admitted she didn't even pin protect her phone. https://grahamcluley.com/yahoo-marissa-mayer-mobile-security/
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