Chinese Hackers Attack Satellite Operators in US and Southeast Asia
On Tuesday, security company Symantec confirmed that a sophisticated hacking campaign was mounted from Chinese computers, affecting satellite operators, defense contractors and telecom companies in the United States and Southeast Asia. Symantec explained that the hackers were driven by national espionage goals such as intercepting military and civilian communications.
Such interception capabilities are rare but not unheard of, and the researchers could not say what communications, if any, were taken. More disturbingly in this case, the hackers infected computers that controlled the satellites, so that they could have changed the positions of the orbiting devices and disrupted data traffic, Symantec said.