Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, warned that its Starlink satellite system could be "targeted" in Ukraine


Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, warned that the company's Starlink satellite broadband service could be "targeted" in Ukraine, which has been ravaged by Russian invasion.


The warning comes just days after an internet security researcher warned that satellite communications devices could become "beacons" that Russia could target with airstrikes. "Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high. Please use with caution," Musk tweeted. He advised users to "turn on Starlink only when necessary and place antenna as far away from people as possible," as well as to "place light camouflage over antenna to avoid visual detection."


Responding to a tweet from a Ukraine government official asking Musk to provide the embattled country with Starlink stations, Musk said Starlink had been activated in Ukraine and SpaceX was sending more terminals to the country. Ukraine announced that it had received donated Starlink satellite internet terminals, but an internet security researcher warned that these could be used as a target by Russia.

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