Have there ever been any Satellites that were hacked by a rogue nation or hacker groups, if not is it possible to accomplish such a task?

Hack a satellite and take control of it.

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    $\begingroup$ See What would one need to do in order to hijack a satellite? Depending on what qualifies as "hacking", the ISEE-3 Reboot Project might also qualify (not an illegal hack since it received a blessing from NASA, but a hack nonetheless since NASA "lost" original equipment used to communicate with it and the reboot team built a custom SDR-based transceiver and software for it). $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Apr 11 '15 at 0:53
  • $\begingroup$ This was cross-posted on Amateur Radio: ham.stackexchange.com/q/3781/29 $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 11 '15 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @TildalWave that infosec post was an Interesting read, I was wondering about the protocols and kind of equipment that was required to accomplish some thing like this. $\endgroup$
    – Ashwin
    Apr 11 '15 at 20:07

Yes, it has been done before. Check it out on geek.com where you can read some details.

The article is titled Chinese Hackers Took Control Of NASA Satellites for 11 Minutes

Although in this case we aren't sure what they did with it. Nothing malicious seemed to come from it.

IT World talks about it here but the report seems to have been removed.

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    $\begingroup$ Please include more information from the original report. $\endgroup$ Apr 11 '15 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ web.archive.org/web/20120302073713/http://www.uscc.gov/… $\endgroup$ Apr 11 '15 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks deer hunter, i had just found it and was about to post the link to. I'm posting from mobile. Appreciate it. :) $\endgroup$
    – Kleigh
    Apr 11 '15 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ Also see the case of Victor Faur who breached NASA command and control systems in 2005-2006. And Falungong jamming (denial of service attack, or DoS for short, in infosec parlance) in 2005. $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Apr 11 '15 at 18:40

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