In article <36DB6572.10CA2AB0@ibm.net>, Spike Jones <email@example.com> wrote:
> It's emitting massive bogon flux Terry. Changed the course of a satellite?
> That means the hackers took over the attitude control system and
> the orbit adjust system? I think not.
Recognizing bogosity requires some familiarity with the issue at hand. Spike, you may know enough about satellites to have an informed opinion. I certainly don't. That said...
How old is that satellite? What is involved in controlling it?
A few years back, when I read about American phreaks re-programming the switches of the telephone company, I was awed. What incredible abilities must these people have to do something that should by all rights be impossible? Well, my respect collapsed when I read _The Hacker Crackdown_. The telcos had left maintenance modem ports on-line, without password protection, and anybody who stumbled over the number could dial in and--after figuring out the system from the online help or manuals found in the trash dumpster at the telco's building--take control. No extraordinary abilities required. How could anybody in his right mind be so incredibly stupid to set such a system up?
So, maybe you only need to send a carrier on certain ("secret") frequencies to control the satellite or some such thing? Something that should be well in the ability of a radio amateur.
Also, it isn't required to do something meaningful with the satellite. They just need to interfere with its operation.
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