Thursday, December 17, 2009

Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones

WASHINGTON -- Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.

Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.



At 8:36 AM, Blogger Bukko_in_Australia said...

So how long will it be before they start jamming the drones, with scramble-signals on the controllers' frequency? Will the terrrrrrists be able to disrupt the commands enough so that appreciable numbers of drones start flying into mountains? And if the military has a countering system where the control frequency changes every few seconds, as I suspect they would have as backup, it just adds another layer of complexity and chances for things to go awry.To say nothing of the Russians, or Iranians, or Western university computer-trained Paki-hackers (many are not too happy that their country is both base and target for the robot air war) to unlock how to feck these things up? The U.S. will ruin a good weapons system by just running the hell out of it, until people find a means to neutralize it.

Of course, they'll be able to get at least five years more killing time out of that system once they start bringing them back home to target the U.SW. population...

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

It likely is just a matter of time before someone finds a cheap way to bring them down.

Then we may have to go back to more reliable methos of turning human beings into human hamburger.

After all, as the unemployment rate continues to rise, there will be more and more hungry young people looking for something to do.

And that's not just in the USA. The Chinese are going to soon have a large angry population of unemployed adults.

It's nearing time for an old fashioned world war.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger edgar said...

What took them so long?

At 6:24 PM, Blogger edgar said...

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Thanks Edgar.

In many countries where a president can legally disappear people, families find their loved ones in street in the mornings, mutilated, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

This is the path Obama is leading us down.

Many of the torture victims of the Bush administration were children who were mutilated and raped in front of their parents.

Obama knows this, and has fought for more rape and mutilation of children.

Karl Denninger insists that we are nothing like Argentina. He could be right. We are becoming something that is much worse.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger edgar said...



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