Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
China suspect in US satellite interference: report
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Oct 27, 2011


NASA satellites were interfered with four separate times in 2007 and 2008, possibly by the Chinese military, according to a draft of an upcoming report for the US Congress.

The latest draft of the report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the computer hackers behind the interference gained the ability to issue commands to one of the satellites on two occasions.

The targeted satellites are used for observation of the earth's climate and terrain, according to the report to be submitted to Congress on November 16. A copy of the latest draft of the report was obtained by AFP on Thursday.

It said the account of the interference with the satellites came from a May 2011 briefing for the Commission by the US Air Force.

The hackers appear to have exploited the information systems of the Svalbard Satellite Station (SvalSat), a commercially operated satellite ground station in Spitsbergen, Norway, to gain access to the satellites, the report said.

SvalSat relies on the Internet for data access and file transfers, it said, citing a recent National Aeronautics and Space Administration report.

On October 20, 2007, Landsat-7, a US earth observation satellite jointly managed by NASA and the US Geological Survey, experienced 12 or more minutes of interference, the report said.

Landsat-7 experienced another 12 or more minutes of interference on July 23, 2008, the report said.

It said that on June 20, 2008, Terra EOS AM-1, a NASA-managed program for earth observation, experienced two or more minutes of interference, it said.

It said the hackers behind the interference with Terra EOS AM-1 "achieved all steps required to command the satellite but did not issue commands."

On October 22, 2008, Terra EOS AM-1 experienced nine or more minutes of interference, the report said, and "the responsible party" again "achieved all steps required to command the satellite but did not issue commands."

"Such interference poses numerous potential threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions," the report said.

"For example, access to a satellite's controls could allow an attacker to damage or destroy the satellite," the commission said.

"The attacker could also deny or degrade as well as forge or otherwise manipulate the satellite's transmission," it said. "A high level of access could reveal the satellite's capabilities or information, such as imagery, gained through its sensors."

The report stressed that it was not recounting the incidents "on the basis of specific attribution information" but rather "because the techniques appear consistent with authoritative Chinese military writings."

"Authoritative Chinese military writings advocate for such activities, particularly as they relate to ground-based space infrastructure, such as satellite control facilities," the report said.

The draft report also accused China of being behind a "range of malicious cyber activities" including state-level involvement in cyberattacks, industrial espionage and the compromise of US and foreign government computer systems.

"In 2011, US and foreign government organizations, defense contractors, commercial entities, and various nongovernmental organizations experienced a substantial volume of network intrusions and attempts with various ties to China," the report said.

China has repeatedly denied any state involvement in cyberattacks against government agencies and firms, including well-publicized attacks on Internet giant Google that sparked a row between Washington and Beijing.

.


Related Links
Read the latest in Military Space Communications Technology at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Emirates seek French military satellite
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Oct 25, 2011
The United Arab Emirates has reopened negotiations with France for a military surveillance satellite, underlining the Persian Gulf state's concerns about Iran's expansionist policies. The move, however, could also be linked to the protracted negotiations to buy 60 Dassault Aviation Rafale multi-role fighter jets, a deal that could be worth up to $10 billion. The satellite project ... read more


MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Lunar Probe to search for water on Moon

Subtly Shaded Map of Moon Reveals Titanium Treasure Troves

NASA's Moon Twins Going Their Own Way

Titanium treasure found on Moon

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Opportunity Past 21 Miles of Driving! Will Spend Winter at Cape York

Scientists develope new way to determine when water was present on Mars and Earth

Mars Rover Carries Device for Underground Scouting

Mars Landing-Site Specialist

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
NASA's NEEMO Mission Ending Early Due To Hurricane Rina

Explorer 1 The First US Explorer

NASA evacuates astronauts from deep-sea training

Is Your Space Elevator Going Up

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
China to launch Shenzhou-8 early November

China plans space lab docking

Living on Tiangong

Thousands of dreams to fly on Shenzhou 8

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Russian Space Agency names next crew to ISS

ISS orbit readjusted by 3 km

Expedition 30 to ISS could be launched on Dec 21

ISS could be used for satellite assembly until 2028

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
NASA to launch weather-climate satellite Friday

Weather Favorable for NPP Launch

Vega arrives at French Guiana in preparation for its January 26 inaugural launch

SpaceX Completes Key Milestone to Fly Astronauts to International Space Station

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Three New Planets and a Mystery Object Discovered Outside Our Solar System

Dwarf planet sized up accurately as it blocks light of faint star

Herschel Finds Oceans of Water in Disk of Nearby Star

UH Astronomer Finds Planet in the Process of Forming

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Reversing course, Hewlett-Packard to keep PC unit

Video game makers ready barrage of blockbusters

RIM stock suffers on new tablet software stall

Wearable depth-sensing projection system makes any surface capable of multitouch interaction




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement