Chinese blaggers: Slog exclusive on US super-dart loss gains credence.

Hague…announced that cyber blags rife

Further support for The Slog’s exclusive piece in August (about suspected blagging being behind the loss of a US ‘super-dart’ test) surfaced today on the Bloomberg news site.

A leaked Congressional Commission report affirms that the Chinese interfered with US satellites four times during 2007 and 2008. The intrusions ‘underscore the potential danger posed by hackers’, according to excerpts from the final draft due to be released last month. The report concludes that ‘Access to a satellite‘s controls could allow an attacker to damage or destroy the satellite.’ Washington sources told The Slog in August that an anti-cyber attack group in the Pentagon believes this kind of sabotage may solve the riddle of two super-darts being lost inexplicably during test flights.

Other cyber attacks with possible Chinese involvement include the ‘Night Dragon’ attacks on energy and petrochemical companies, and an effort to compromise the Gmail accounts of U.S. government officials, journalists and Chinese political activists, according to the draft.

Nine days ago, The Slog reported on Willy Vague’s somewhat delayed announcement that this sort of cyber caper is jolly well rife and we need to roll up our sleeves but it probably won’t do any good aaarrrg. This restored widespread panic throughout the UK, until that evening’s episode of Eastenders.




18 thoughts on “Chinese blaggers: Slog exclusive on US super-dart loss gains credence.

  1. Hypersonic vehicles are potentially unstable and very expensive to develop. I can well imagine that with billions of research funding available to them the interested parties will not admit early flaws (leading to loss) as the gravy train must be kept running.


  2. Great picture of Mrs. Hague’s little boy there, John :-)

    “As Forrin Seckatry it is my .. ahh .. duty to keep up with all this technoLOGical malarkey, and ay job and a half it is too, Ah can tell thee”. Talk about getting a boy to do a man’s job.

    Because I am thick I have to reduce things to basics in order to understand them, and my conclusion here is that if my war-like neighbour has a big club, then I must equip myself with a similar club – or larger – PDQ. Or find an alternative to the club which will protect me and mine as well if not better. Hague moaning and honking about the dastardly ways of our quick-witted neighbour is not going to achieve much beyond adding to people’s fears about the future. Or perhaps that was the idea in the first place…?


  3. In our sensitive industries we have discrimination laws to prevent favouring the indiginous population in employment.
    These laws could lead to the employment of those whose loyalties are more to foreign powers than to our own, as the empolyer tries to display how non-discriminatory he is to avoid trouble for himself. This could be a security risk.
    Russia and China must be laughing at us. I even have to be careful what I write here lest I offend.
    This nation is truly suicidal


  4. Rather the propagation of that fear, which allows more and more civil liberties to be eroded. Hence the patriot act and ripa.


  5. ‘C’ programming language, inclusive of its Run-Time environment and compilation, all those aspects are formally defined, is the actual malware.
    Due to USG policy ALL OS are written in it.
    ‘C’ is a USG official twice degeneration of the English(UK) BCPL which cam eon top of the original true CPL, the Cambridge(university) Programming Language. The technical defects include stray pointers and a default mode where marshaling of the stack is done by the called function/procedure.
    The USG used this in order to spy on the whole world, e.g. the Stuxnet.
    Yet now it seems the USG has dug itself a hole, which it can easily climb out of, by means of rewriting VxWorks, Nucleus, ThreadX & Linux in a modified and safe language. in the short term Linting (automatic static analysis) would also help greatly, provided ALL code is utterly open to the user, who is culturally and personally loyal and patriotic beyond any doubt at all.
    The advent of computers reaffirms nationalism at its crudest form.


  6. Duh!

    Frankly, as far as I’m concerned I am extremely relaxed if the Chinese are now able, in a small way, to counter the over weening power of the US. The ending of the Cold War was in one respect a trajedy in as much as it allowed the US to become briefly a hyper power and all normal constraints on its actions were removed. The 911 attacks then allowed it effectively to junk the rule of law and become a global rogue stae. A better balancing of global power might bring it back into the fold of civilisation again. Or is that too much to hope?


  7. USG projects run by NASA, USGS, USDoSe etc, that have defence implications, shouldn’t be using the public commercial Internet, especially within vehicle command & control systems. There are secure alternatives available within the USG run by agencies such as DoD and NSA, but they, quite sensibly, don’t trust the likes of NASA, USGS, USDoSe etc


  8. Yet the President’s Information Awareness Office main source of graduate employee is Trinity College Dublin.As with our univerisities,TCD has a large number of foreign students from within the EU and outside.Just how many of these students will be using their dark networks to supply industry funded research to outside sources?Much of the chemistry of Europe is being spied on according to ICL and to think many mind bending legal drugs are manufactured in China and shipped here for distribution and experimentation.What I am gettin at,the combined sciences are being overlooked by bodies which are NOT benign to European or British interests.


  9. The technical part of your post,I cannot comment on as I am completely ignorant of this subject. I am in full agreement with the rest and see China as a balance to the biggest rogue state since the 2nd World War.


  10. Sorry my comment was half intended for oldasiahand and the computer part for run=time otherwise it would make no sense.


  11. This is a response to “run-time”. John is experienced at recognising “bollocks”. I’m experienced at recognising “computer-speak bollocks”. I’m not going to spend any time trying to deconstruct your argument… but it’s bollocks.


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