Two US satellites targeted by malicious cyber activity: Report

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Washington, Nov 17(ANI): Two American earth observation satellites have been targeted by cyber hackers in the past, a report has said.

The report mentions that NASA's Terra EOS satellite was targeted in June 2008 and again in October 2008.

The June incident resulted in the satellite being interfered with for two minutes and the October incident lasted at least nine minutes.

The report noted that the Landsat-7 satellite operated by the U.S. Geological Survey was intercepted in 2007 and 2008, but the entity could not achieve the aim to control the satellite.

According to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report, though it is difficult to trace the culprit, the act was committed by a country.

The report also highlighted that Chinese military writings made reference to attacks on ground-based space communications facilities.Chinese military writings advocate attacks on space-to ground communications links and ground-based satellite control facilities in the event of a conflict. Such facilities may be vulnerable," the ABC News quoted a report, as saying.

The report stresses the serious implications the intrusions could have on the satellite systems, particularly if they were directed against more sensitive systems such as military or communications satellites.

"If executed successfully, such interference has the potential to pose numerous threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions. For example, access to a satellite's controls could allow an attacker to damage or destroy the satellite," the report read.

"The attacker could also deny or degrade as well as forge or otherwise manipulate the satellite's transmission," the report added. (ANI)