It’s Possible To Hack NASA Satellites… But Then What?

Satellites are just computer-controlled machines in space, and they can be hacked, but is that always a bad thing?

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Could Hackers Hijack the Space Station?
http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2108215,00.html
“In detailed testimony delivered on Thursday to a House subcommittee on investigations and oversight, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin painted a disturbing picture of an agency under electronic siege, with hackers from China, Italy, the U.K., Nigeria, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Estonia and the U.S. itself attempting increasingly brazen attacks on operations both on the ground and in space.”

China key suspect in U.S. satellite hacks
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-satellite-idUSTRE79R4O320111028
“The commission said its account was based largely on a May 12 U.S. Air Force briefing for the 12-member commission, which was set up by Congress in 2000 to report on U.S.-China trade’s national security implications. Its final 2011 report is due to be sent to lawmakers on November 16. The satellites cited in the report are used for climate and terrain monitoring by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey. A Landsat-7 earth observation satellite, built by NASA for the USGS, experienced 12 or more minutes of interference in October 2007 and July 2008, the report said.”

Bid to ‘reboot’ aging NASA satellite is scuttled as fuel system fails
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-satellite-reboot-20140709-story.html
“Unable to budge the probe from its current orbit around the sun, project engineers say they have switched the spacecraft to ‘science mode’ and will collect data from it for as long as they can — perhaps a couple of months. After ISEE-3 makes a near Earth flyby on Aug. 10, the spacecraft will continue to orbit the sun and will pass by the Earth again in roughly 17 years.”

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