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Posted: 06 Oct 2006

"China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, a U.S. agency said, in an action that exposed the potential vulnerability of space systems that provide crucial data to American troops and consumers around the world." Reuters, 5 october 2006. To be sure, geosynchronous satellites are farther away, but they are also not moving targets. "Hackers operating through Chinese Internet servers have launched a debilitating attack on the computer system of a sensitive Commerce Department bureau, forcing it to replace hundreds of workstations and block employees from regular use of the Internet for more than a month." Washington Post, 6 October 2006.

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