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Satellite seizure, blackmail reported
Special to CNET News.com
February 28, 1999, 7:35 a.m. PT
LONDON--Hackers have reportedly seized control of one of Britain's
military communication satellites and issued blackmail threats.
The Sunday Business newspaper, quoting security sources, reported
today that the intruders altered the course of one of Britain's four
satellites used by defense planners and military forces around the
The sources said the satellite's course was changed just over two
weeks ago. The hackers then issued a blackmail threat, demanding money
to stop interfering with the satellite, according to the report.
"This is a nightmare scenario," one intelligence source said. Military
strategists said that, if Britain were to come under nuclear attack,
an aggressor would first interfere with military communications
"This is not just a case of computer nerds mucking about. This is
very, very serious, and the blackmail threat has made it even more
serious," a security source said.
Police said they would not comment because the investigation was at
too sensitive a stage. The Ministry of Defense made no comment.