October 27, 2011
China May Be Responsible For Satellite Hacks 4 Years Ago
According to a recent Bloomberg report, computer hackers from China interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008.
The satellites, which are used for earth climate and terrain observations, experienced over 23 minutes of offline time altogether.
Bloomberg's source is a final draft of the annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
It said the draft doesn't accuse the Chinese government of conducting or sponsoring the attacks, but does say the Chinese military might be involved.
The draft states that China has conducted a range of malicious cyber activity, and that evidence emerging this year tied the Chinese military to a decade-old cyber attack on a U.S.-based website.
Bloomberg reported that hackers took the necessary steps in October 2009 to control the Terra AM-1 NASA satellite.
It also said that the U.S. did not know about the 2007 cyber attack on the Landsat-7 until tracking a 2008 security breach.
According to the report, the Chinese military believes the U.S. military is too reliant on computers. The draft said the Chinese would try to "compromise, disrupt, deny, degrade, deceive or destroy" U.S. space and computer systems in a conflict.
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