Beijing officials are denying accusations the Chinese military interfered with two U.S. Earth-monitoring satellites, the wires are reporting today. On Friday, a draft report to Congress said at least two satellites were tampered with four or more times in 2007 and 2008, and that the breaches were consistent with Chinese military strategy. Given that the Pentagon has said cyberattacks are akin to an opening salvo in a traditional military conflict, this sounds like very troubling news.
Here's what happened: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which typically reports on Sino-American trade relations, reported the satellite interference in a draft message to Congress, but added the events have not been traced to China. It's just pointing to the Chinese military because "the techniques appear consistent with authoritative Chinese military writings," which advocate disabling an enemy's space systems, according to a writeup by Reuters. The official report will be delivered to Congress Nov. 16.
Beijing cried foul on Monday, accusing the commission of viewing China with "colored lenses."
"This report is untrue and has ulterior motives. It's not worth a comment," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.
Nothing happened to the satellites — they neither sent nor received any data — but they were contacted and interfered with, according to the report. The signals came via a ground station in Norway.
"Such interference poses numerous potential threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions," the draft report says (also quoting Business Week). "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."
This is certainly not the first time Chinese officials have been accused of orchestrating cyber attacks, however, and it's also not the first time Beijing has denied the same. It's difficult if not impossible to prove the provenance of a cyber-attack, so we may never know who really did it. But it's yet another reminder that protection of data and of technological assets could be the powder keg of the future.
well if there already problems up there... that means we are advancing pretty fast in satelite tech ^^ YEEY ^^
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
Oh yeah man! bring it on chintok...made in china = cheap
Not scared..cant wait for that space laser to be launched...
Interference detected, ZAAPPP
they were probably just making sure they could hack it before hacking a weapons satellite..
I understand that most people think China is going to be a major player in the next world war, but I highly doubt they'd start with something this obvious. We know SOMEONE messed with the satellite, but I don't think China would have... and if they ARE planning something I don't think now would be a very good time.
I do not trust the Chinese. Yes, they can be smart on occasion too.
Whatever, Everyone is raising alarm over china and their strength by numbers...yea they might have the largest population on this earth but due to their strict one child policy most of those people will be elderly by 2050
DO not be fooled my dear friends. A vigorous young and innovative american youth will keep us afloat and # 1 forever.
We just gotta make sure that OUR OWN elderly dont have too much to say in what we do and how we do and why we do