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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 11:15 a.m. PST


Who would make such a claim, except the world's best hackers, right? They must think that everyone else is primitive in comparison to them.

PS. Of course, this is all nothing but unwarranted Sinophobia because we all know that, according to China's intel, it's North Korea who is doing all the hacking. :)

MHoxie25 Jul 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

NASA could launch an axetronaut to hack the satellite.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

What's it called Titanic?

Once deployed, everyone will attempting to hack it.

Charlie 1225 Jul 2017 5:44 p.m. PST

"'Unhackable' Satellite"

Now that's rich…. EVERYTHING can be hacked, given enough time and energy. Chinese are stoned out of their minds if they actually believe this.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:26 p.m. PST

"Unhackable" is to many a challenge.
"Warren, get all this crap off my desk."

Why not paint a bullseye on your chest?

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Jul 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

Maybe it's made of cardboard and duct tape and a lawnmower motor?

David Manley25 Jul 2017 10:56 p.m. PST

Maybe reading the article would be a good idea chaps

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 11:14 p.m. PST

Yep. I found this part very interesting:

"If you send a message you want to keep secure from eavesdroppers, traditional encryption works by hiding the key needed to read the message in a very difficult mathematical problem.
But what is "difficult" in terms of maths? It means you have to think really fast to figure it out as you try endless combinations of long, numeric keys. In 2017, that means you need to use a very powerful computer."

However, with a key …

"Quantum communication works differently:
If you want to send your secure message, you first separately send a key embedded in particles of light
Only then doyou send your encrypted message and the receiver will be able to read it with the help of the key sent beforehand"

So quantum communication works more like what I remember about cyphers.

What's special about China here …

"The research itself is not new and China does not have an edge over the competition. Where it does have an advantage is when it comes to applications.
"Europe has simply missed the boat," says Prof Anton Zeilinger, a quantum physicist at Vienna University in Austria and a pioneer in the field.
He says he tried to convince the EU as early as 2004 to fund more quantum-based projects but it had little effect.
"Europe has been dragging its feet and this has hindered us from being able to compete," he says.
There are quantum key-based networks operating in the US and Europe but most are being carried out as research projects, rather than with commercial partners."

PS. What's worrisome to me is that China has been using this for sometime now. You would expect them to be afraid of our tech countermeasures catching up already, or in the near future, but they aren't even worried about that happening for a very long time. Very sad for the West.

PMC31726 Jul 2017 2:17 a.m. PST

Quantum communications! Aaaah incredible.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 3:43 a.m. PST

Interesting tech:



Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

If I wanted a satellite secure, I wouldn't tell anyone I launched it, or I'd say it was for environmental research.

I would announce an unhackable satellite, or whatever, under two conditions:

#1 I want everyone to try and hack it so I can catch hackers or observe their techniques.

#2 I wanted to distract the hackers away from something else.

You might suppose this is only because I am a weasel, but this is China, and they can be pretty sneaky, too.

Lion in the Stars26 Jul 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

Unhackable means that it is completely isolated from all other computer systems. Which means that it cannot talk to the ground. That's rather non-useful for a satellite.

ANYTHING is hackable, given enough time and effort.

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