THE GLORIOUS People's Republic of China has denied involvement in hacking US environment monitoring satellites.
Last week the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released a draft report about several incidents where US satellites were interfered with in 2007 and 2008.
The Commission did not say that the attacks were traced back to China, but it did cite China's military as a prime suspect, due to the similarity of the techniques used with "authoritative Chinese military writings" on disabling satellite control.
The hackers gained access to the satellites on at least four occasions through a ground station in Norway. The unauthorised access lasted for between two and 12 minutes. While the attacks did no real damage, they did demonstrate that it is possible to hijack satellites, which is a worrying realisation when military satellites are taken into consideration.
China has a bad reputation throughout the world for alleged cyber attacks, often being the first to blame when a major attack has been discovered. The US has not been the only target either, with alleged attacks against Canada and France having been reported earlier this year.
"[The US] has always been viewing China with colored lenses. This report is untrue and has ulterior motives. It's not worth a comment," said Hong Lei, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, according to Reuters.
Hong also repeated China's assertion that it is also the victim of extensive cyber crime, suggesting that it therefore cannot be behind these attacks. The Chinese government has claimed it was the victim of close to half a million cyber attacks in 2010 alone, but that does not, of course, eliminate it as a suspect. µ
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