Hacking into a Satellite

Hackers Reportedly Seize British Military Satellite, Sunday February 28 1999.

The Times (London), March 1, 1999, Monday said:
Scotland Yard's fraud squad is investigating claims that a hacker has broken into secret military installations. Ministry of Defence sources denied a newspaper report that the hacker had altered the course of a military communications satellite. The Fraud Squad will consider offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

Computer hackers have seized control of a British military communications satellite and have demanded a large sum of money in exchange for not interfering further with its functions, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 28, 1999, said:
The Sunday Business newspaper, quoting security sources, said that the hackers had altered the course of one of four British satellites used by defence planners and military forces around the world.

The sources said the satellite's course had been altered two weeks ago and that the hackers were demanding money to stop interfering with the it.

"This is a nightmare scenario," one intelligence source said.

"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," a security source said.

The ministry of defence refused to comment.

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Copyright as indicated, 1999.