Hacked Satellite

Kevin Fetter (kfetter@geocities.com)
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 07:28:30 -0500

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.