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Old 12-17-2009
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Iraqi insurgents 'hack into video feeds from US drones'.

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Shia fighters are said to have used off-the-shelf software programs such as SkyGrabber to capture the footage.

The hacking was possible because the remotely flown planes have an unprotected communications link.

Obtaining such video feeds could provide insurgents with information about sites the military might be planning to target.

The breach of the Pentagon surveillance system's security is said to have come to light when footage shot by a Predator drone was found on the laptop of an apprehended Iraqi insurgent.

A senior Pentagon official is quoted as saying that although militants were able to view the video, there was no evidence that they were able to jam electronic signals from the aircraft or take control of them.

The unnamed official said the US defence department had addressed the issue by working to encrypt all video feeds provided by drones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Predator drones can fly for several hours, remotely controlled by pilots thousands of miles away. The aircraft can carry out surveillance and attack targets with on-board missiles.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the US military continually evaluated the technologies it used and quickly corrected any potential problems it discovered.

"There's potential vulnerabilities in all of our systems," he said.

With a President that's so fond in computers, Blackberries (the mobile things, not the fruits), and things like that, wouldn't it be time for the Pentagon to consider buying a decent firewall, or at least downloading one for free?
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Default Re: "Turbans" are no stupids!

And the clowns in Washington fail yet again. I'm shocked.



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Iraqi insurgents 'hack into video feeds from US drones'.



With a President that's so fond in computers, Blackberries (the mobile things, not the fruits), and things like that, wouldn't it be time for the Pentagon to consider buying a decent firewall, or at least downloading one for free?
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Old 12-19-2009
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Default Re: "Turbans" are no stupids!

I can't imagine how anyone after 1990 could think using an unencrypted data link for a remote control military vehicle, even if it's only the video.

It doesn't even have to be perfect or "unbreakable", just good enough it would take a while to brute force it, so you can act on the information before your enemy knows what you know.
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