Subverting Satellite Receivers for Botnet and Profit

by Sofiane Talmat
Sept. 19, 2017 0 comments belen_caty Pen Testing & Audits

New generation Set Top Boxes (Satellite receivers) are embedded linux boxes offering all the features of any linux based machine, including wireless and network connectivities, this allowed hackers to crack most satellite DVB-CA encryption schemes promoting the apparition of a parallel black market for pay tv subscription at very low cost. In this engaging session, we will present a practical attack that will exploit human weakness, Satellite receivers design, used protocols and subscription mechanisms that mainly relay on custom plugins on satellite receivers for channel decryption. We will also describe technically a similar attack that was already conducted some years ago using a backdoor within CCCAM protocol provider.