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US Agencies Warn Space Companies About Threat From Foreign Intelligence Operators

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US Agencies Warn Space Companies About Threat From Foreign Intelligence Operators

U.S. intelligence agencies have warned space companies to look out for attacks from foreign adversaries.

According to a joint bulletin published Friday, foreign intelligence entities know that the commercial space industry is essential for the U.S. economy and national security and consider innovations in the sector as threats and opportunities they can take advantage of. The bulletin also noted that FIEs will use cyberattacks, strategic investments and other methods to gain access to U.S. space supply chains.

The intelligence agencies added that attacks from FIEs could harm U.S. commercial firms, as well as U.S. national security and economy.

The report was published by the National Counterintelligence Center, the FBI and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, SpaceNews reported.

Industry and government groups have been focusing on space security in recent months.

In July, experts from The Aerospace Corp. called for better protection of space assets as critical infrastructure because companies rely on satellite services. They also suggested that space should be designated as a critical infrastructure sector, a move that the Cyberspace Solarium Commission said would give the sector additional attention and resources.

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