Past cyberattacks sought to disrupt U.S. satellite: report

Cyber hackers attempted to gain command of a NASA satellite in 2008, putting the satellite at risk of being destroyed or damaged, reports Defense News.

A draft report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission -- the final version is scheduled to be sent to Congress in mid-November -- states that the Terra EOS AM-1 satellite, which is used to study climate and environmental changes, experienced a short period of interference in October 2008. A similar incident with the same satellite occurred in June 2008, the draft report states.

Although the report does not state explicitly that the hackers were Chinese, it does state that the techniques used "appear consistent with authoritative Chinese military writings."

 

 

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