The facts as reported are as follows: Two weeks ago, British aerospace authorities noticed an irregularity in the position of one of their satellites, a military communications satellite belonging to a group of four known as Skynet satellites. Shortly thereafter, they received an anonymous message demanding money in exchange for control over the satellite’s guidance systems. "This is a nightmare scenario," an "intelligence source" told Reuters. "This is not just a case of computer nerds mucking about," said another. "This is very, very serious and the blackmail threat has made it even more serious." MORE>>
The Reuters news service reports that according to a British newspaper, computer crackers have taken over a British military satellite and are attempting to ransom it back to the government. If the reports are true, the incident marks a new level of sophistication and audacity in the activities of cyberterrorists. But when you're dealing with computer hacking, where boasting and manipulating the media are as much a part of the culture as Mountain Dew, and where the real action goes on deep in the subdirectories of classified computer systems, can we really be sure of the truth?