Re: Is this "Kooky"

Michael S. Lorrey (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 13:23:33 -0500

Brian D Williams wrote:

> I have many friends who have PHD's in every field of computers and
> electronics, and are hackers of the old school. Most are also
> amateur radio hounds as well. They have had private radio/data
> channels running with MIR for years, just for fun (uploading
> pictures for lonely cosmonauts).
> They design most of the gear used on satelites, taking one over
> would be easy for them, so I would assume there are others capable
> of the same trick. I suspect members of the former soviet
> union/east germany.

Considering that the US has been letting the Russians use our early warning satellite feeds because their own systems are not being maintained and are not reliable, and considering the large number of Russian space program people who are out of work, (keep in mind that to get things done over there, you have to be a hacker) I think its highly likely that it was someone or a group of someones like that. I also don't buy the denials of British intelligence. The last thing they want is for more people to think its possible, it will just entice more wannabes to make attacks.

Mike Lorrey