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Submission + - Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones ( 1

jitendraharlalka writes: 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.

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Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones

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  • Dont talk about space blankets or Mylar balloons :)
    The US made the call to keep the data flowing fast, no encryption and not have anything fall into the wrong hands.
    Now they have a problem, its all in "plain text".

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist