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CAPEC-599: Terrestrial Jamming

Terrestrial Jamming
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Attack Pattern ID: 599
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

In this attack pattern, the adversary transmits disruptive signals in the direction of the target consumer-level satellite dish (as opposed to the satellite itself). The transmission disruption occurs in a more targeted range. Portable terrestrial jammers have a range of 3-5 kilometers in urban areas and 20 kilometers in rural areas. This technique requires a terrestrial jammer that is more powerful than the frequencies sent from the satellite.

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+ Typical Likelihood of Exploit

Likelihood: Low

+ Examples-Instances


An attempt to deceive a GPS receiver by broadcasting counterfeit GPS signals, structured to resemble a set of normal GPS signals. These jamming signals may be structured in such a way as to cause the receiver to estimate its position to be somewhere other than where it actually is, or to be located where it is but at a different time, as determined by the adversary.

+ Resources Required

A terrestrial satellite jammer with a signal more powerful than that of the satellite attempting to communicate with the target.

The adversary must know the location of the target satellite dish.

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
A successful attack will deny, degrade, or disrupt availability of satellite communications for the target by overwhelming its resources to accurately receive authorized transmissions.
+ References
[R.17.1] [REF-2] Small Media. "Satellite Jamming in Iran: A War over Airwaves". November 2012.
+ Content History
Seamus Tuohy2017-01-12External_Submission

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