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Basic Plot:

  • Tensions are high between two (possibly Middle-Eastern, or just 1 in tension with the U.S.) countries
  • A U.S. Defense satellite/space station is capable of grounding/destroying missiles (like a Geneva convention-style satellite)
  • Virus gets onto satellite/space station, making it allow the enemy forces to use their missiles, but not the U.S. ones
  • Crew goes up to the satellite to hard-boot the system
  • Space station has defenses, they must get past them all to run the hard-boot
  • They eventually succeed (some of the crew may have died trying)
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I had asked in multiple places, turns out the answer is Virus, by Bill Buchanan

Per a brief blurb in an online bio of the author:

Virus by Bill Buchanan is about a super virus that is uploaded into a space station that controls DEWSATs (Directed Energy Weapon SATellites). Each DEWSAT was an orbiting counterstealth weapon system, a satellite that could detect and destroy stealth missiles and aircraft from low earth orbit...

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