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Asia-Sat 3S transponder hijack

PARIS  AsiaSat is considering weighing whether to adding additional firewalls
to its system after following the piracy of one of its main transponders
broadcasting television to China was pirated for four prime-time hours.

The experience was a first for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. AsiaSat Chief
Executive Officer Peter Jackson said his company will need to add encryption
or other safeguards if it threatens to become a recurring nuisance. Its
something were going to have to study, but for now we have not decided on
anything specific, Jackson said.

Starting at 8:18 p.m. Beijing time on Nov. 20, 2004 a transponder on the
AsiaSat 3S satellite beaming television to mainland China was pirated by a
higher-power signal emitted from an unknown area in the wide area of East and
Southeast Asia covered by the beam.

This was reported by Peter B. deSelding.  the full story can be found in the
print version of the latest issue of Space News (weekly industry newspaper).

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