[ISN] Hackers Seize UK Military Satellite

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Mon Mar 01 1999 - 01:39:10 PST

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    [Moderator: I am extremely skeptical about this. After reading about it, I
     could only assume it was an inside job for several reasons. Any list
     reader privy to more information to support or debunk this article?]
    Forwarded From: Blue Fish <11aat_private>
    Sunday February 28 6:41 AM ET
    Hackers Seize UK Military Satellite - Report
    LONDON (Reuters) - Hackers have seized control of one of Britain's
    military communication satellites and issued blackmail threats, The Sunday
    Business newspaper reported. 
    The paper, quoting security sources, said the intruders altered the course
    of one of Britain's four satellites which are used by defense planners and
    military forces around the world. 
    The sources said the satellite's course was changed just over two weeks
    ago. The hackers then issued a blackmail threat, demanding money to stop
    interfering with the satellite. 
    ``This is a nightmare scenario,'' said one intelligence source. Military
    strategists said that if Britain were to come under nuclear attack, an
    aggressor would first interfere with military communications systems. 
    ``This is not just a case of computer nerds mucking about. This is very,
    very serious and the blackmail threat has made it even more serious,'' one
    security source said. 
    Police said they would not comment as the investigation was at too
    sensitive a stage. The Ministry of Defense made no comment. 
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