China says a U.S. government report linking its military to cyber attacks on two U.S. Earth observation satellites is “untrue” and “has ulterior motives,” Reuters reported Oct. 31.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in the final draft of its annual report that China was suspected of hacking the Landsat 7 and Terra AM-1 satellites in 2007 and 2008 “because the techniques appear consistent with authoritative Chinese military writings” that advocate disabling an enemy’s satellite control facilities.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Oct. 31 that China “is also a victim of hacking attacks and will oppose any form of cyber crime, including hacking.” He said the U.S. commission “has always been viewing China with colored lenses.”


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