On Twitter, Elon Musk called his tens of millions of followers to witness. The aid it provides to Ukraine with the provision of Starlink, its satellite Internet, has placed it in Russia’s sights.
” If I die under mysterious circumstances, at least you will know “. This is the message posted by Elon Musk on Twitter, this social network that he has just offered for some 54 billion dollars. The multi-billionaire and whimsical boss of Tesla and SpaceXSpaceX posted this message to his 91 million followers on Monday morning.
Musk claims he was threatened by senior Russian official for helping Ukraine via its Starlink satellites to provide it with an Internet connection. According to Fortuneit was Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who warned him: “ Elon Musk is involved in supplying fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipmenthe said Sunday in a message on theapplicationapplication Telegram messenger. And for that, Elon, you will be held accountable as an adult, no matter how crazy you behave.
If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
150,000 SpaceX users
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukrainians have found it increasingly difficult to connect to the internet, whether it be home users or even the military, and Musk has arrangement star linkstar link. According to the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, there are currently 150,000 daily active users in Ukraine.
Musk’s “tweet” did not at all amuse his mother, Maye Musk, who also replied to him on Twitter. What the boss of SpaceX retorted: “ Sorry, I’ll do my best to stay alive”, he replied. As for Rogozin, he gave it a layer, also on Twittercriticizing Musk for making the buzz on May 9, a national holiday in Russia: “ Nobody needs you. Stop fooling around. Today, my country celebrates a great day — the day of victory over fascism (…) Think, Elon, which side are you on? »
Elon Musk warns Ukraine that Starlink communications system could be targeted by Russia
The boss of SpaceX, who put the constellationconstellation of Starlink satellites and connection stations available to Ukraine, invites users to take precautions to avoid the risk of being targeted by airstrikes by the Russian army.
Posted on 04/03/2022 by Marc Zaffagni
A few days after activating its satellite Internet access service over Ukraine and sending a shipment of connection kits there to help the country maintain a digital link with the outside world, Elon Musk is appealing to prudence. The billionaire boss of SpaceX and Tesla, posted a message on TwitterTwitter urging people using the Starlink internet connection in Ukraine to proceed with caution due to a “high” risk of being targeted by the Russian military.
” Important disclaimer: Starlink is the only non-Russian communication system still functioning in parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high. Please use it with caution “, he writes.
He continues his warning, recommending users to “ only turn on Starlink when needed and place the antenna as far away from people as possible » and to install « light camouflage on the antenna to avoid visual detection. »
Starlink stations could serve as beacons for airstrikes
This warning ofElon MuskElon Musk comes after the one issued by John Scott-Railton, security researcher at the University of Toronto. In a series of tweet, he recalls that since Russia possesses air control over Ukraine, its army could quite easily use Starlink stations as beacons for targeted strikes by exploiting the signals going up to the satellites. ” Russia has decades of experience attacking people by targeting their satellite communications “, emphasizes the researcher. In particular, he recalls how Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev was assassinated in 1996 by an air strike after the Russian army detected his satellite phone. John Scott-Railton also insists on the fact that the use of encryptionencryptionVPN, and other communications security tools does not protect against web-based geolocation. emissionsemissions radio.
Mykhailo Fedorov, the minister in charge of digital in the Ukrainian government, thanked Starlink for the help provided while asking what were the solutions to supply the satellite stations in the event of a power cut. Elon Musk then announced a software update reducing the peak consumption of the terminal and the possibility of powering it via a cigarette lighter socket byautomotiveautomotive. He also indicated that theroamingroaming mobile had been activated in order to allow a Starlink antenna to maintain its signal if it is installed on a vehicle in movementmovement.
War in Ukraine: Starlink hardware has arrived and it works!
Article ofEdward BackEdward Backon 03/01/2022
This weekend, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine tweeted a request to Elon Musk for Starlink connection kits. The CEO of SpaceX reacted immediately and the first convoy of equipment has already arrived on site.
Since the Russian invasion, many Ukrainians have had difficulty connecting to the Internet. This is one of the consequences of Vladimir Putin’s hybrid war, between the cyberattackscyberattacks which paralyze the network and bombardments which destroy the infrastructure. This Saturday, February 26, Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation, challenged Elon Musk on Twitter.
” While you are trying to colonize Mars, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space, Russian rockets are attacking the Ukrainian people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink terminals “, he wrote. Elon Musk, the SpaceX boss who provides the Starlink satellite internet connection, responded just ten hours later to announce that the service was now activated in Ukraine and that terminals were on the way.
An internet connection that can be set up anywhere
This bottle thrown into the sea produced quick results. Elon Musk kept his promise and just 48 hours later the first Starlink kits arrived in the country. It was Mykhailo Fedorov himself who tweeted a photo of a truck full of the brand’s very recognizable boxes thanking Elon Musk. The donation is rather considerable knowing that each kit is worth 500 euros.
The Starlink service is provided by a constellation of around 2,000 satellites and can reach up to 150 megabits per second. The equipment, which includes a satellite dish, only requires a power supply which can be supplied by a generator. The system is thus independent of any infrastructure on the ground, and will therefore ensure minimal connectivity in areas of Ukraine that are cut off from the Internet.