Two U.S. satellites were tampered with in 2007 and 2008 by supposed Chinese hackers, according to the soon released U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The two satellites, Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1, had been interfered with on four separate occasions, allowing the attackers to be in command of the satellites for two to over twelve minutes each time.
Luckily for the U.S. the two satellites are only used to observe climate patterns and terrain. These hacks are suspects in case of an open war with China. We are unclear if the Chinese hackers are states sponsored or not meaning that the hackers weren’t payed by the Chinese government to hack into U.S. satellites.
Just think, hackers were able to hack into a device hundreds of thousands of miles away. They didn’t even hack into a very important, but if they did, results could potentially be catastrophic. Having China in control of our military satellites could be devastating because we would be sitting ducks in an open war with China.
According to the article, the hackers were permitted to destroy or block communication of the satellite. The satellites are controlled from the Svalbard Satellite Station in Norway which often uses the Internet to transfer and access files, it is highly likely that the hackers have managed to break themselves into the station’s system through its Internet connection.