31 Oct 2011

Chinese military may have attempted to hack US satellites

According to a report from Bloomberg, internet security may have prevented U.S. government-owned satellites from being hacked by the Chinese military. A report shows that computer hackers, possibly Chinese military members, interfered with the satellites multiple times from 2007 to 2008.

A draft of a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the satellites were used for earth climate and terrain observation. Bloomberg said this underscores the danger of hackers and the importance of cyber security.

“Such interference poses numerous potential threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions,” according to the draft obtained by Bloomberg. “Access to a satellite‘s controls could allow an attacker to damage or destroy the satellite. An attacker could also deny or degrade as well as forge or otherwise manipulate the satellite’s transmission.”

Time Magazine's Techland blog said China is denying the attacks and said the commission has been collecting "unproved stories" to vilify China. Internet security, whether against hackers or cyber attacks, is extremely important to have at all times.