In orbit proximity intelligence

The attacker, mainly a military organization, can use satellites positioned in proximity to the victim satellite to gather information, visual or radio, on the satellite's capability or on its work. [1]

Proximity intelligence can be visual, with cameras or other optical sensors, to gain information about satellite's hardware, or electromagnetic, using antennas to intercept communications or to measure other EM emissions to attempt a side-channel attack.

Standards/references: [2] [3] [4][5][6]

ID: T2029
Tactic: Reconnaissance
Platforms: Ground Segment, Space Segment, Space-link communication
Version: 2.0
Created: 23 September 2022
Last Modified: 21 April 2023


ID Mitigation Description
M2032 Bulk data link encryption
M2015 Cryptographic DSSS sequence
M2003 Encryption of communications
M2016 Frequency Hopping
M2034 Opaque spacecraft design
M2031 Padding
M2014 Spread Spectrum
M2030 Usage of directive transmit antenna