Chinese Analyst Provokes Country To Attack Elon Musk's Popular Starlink Satellite Service

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  • In a paper published by the Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications Technology, a Chinese researcher urged the Chinese military to track and monitor every satellite in the Starlink network, Bloomberg reports.

  • Tesla, Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) chief Elon Musk’s satellite service provides internet access in over 30 countries.

  • Ren Yuanzhen cited the pervasiveness, ability to provide internet service and the potential for the U.S. government to leverage the satellites during a conflict with China behind his suggestion.

  • Therefore, Beijing should consider “a combination of soft and hard kill methods” to hamper the functionality of Starlink satellites and destroy the constellation’s operating system.”

  • The commander of U.S. Space Command acknowledged at a Senate committee hearing that space is a “war-fighting domain” in which China “actively seeks space superiority through space and space attack systems.”

  • State-sponsored Russian hackers remotely disabled satellite modems from the telecom company ViaSat, Inc (NASDAQ: VSAT) in February, just hours before Russian troops entered Ukraine, according to U.S. and U.K. officials. Russia has denied the allegations.

  • Major companies ranging from Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA) and News Corp (NASDAQ: NWSAfaced cyberattacks as the world moved online due to the pandemic. The Ukraine crisis further triggered the attacks.

  • Price Action: TSLA shares traded higher by 3.54% at $736.10 on the last check Wednesday.

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