[ISN] British Defense Ministry Dismisses Hacker Report

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Date: Wed Mar 03 1999 - 23:37:58 PST

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    British Defense Ministry Dismisses Hacker Report 
    (Last updated 12:21 PM ET March 3)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Defense Ministry Wednesday dismissed as "not
    true" a newspaper report that said hackers had seized control of one of
    its military communications satellites and issued blackmail threats. 
    The Sunday Business newspaper had said the intruders altered the course of
    one of Britain's four satellites used by defense planners and military
    forces around the world. 
    "There is no basis to the story whatsoever," said a Defense Ministry
    spokesman. "It's not true." 
    Security sources cited by the newspaper 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. 
    A police spokesman said the story was for the Defense Ministry to
    investigate. "Military security is a matter for the Defense Ministry,"  he
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