Truth is a force of nature
- May 7, 2004
"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."
I am pretty sure that the Iraqi militants didn't have to pay for it!"The militants use programs such as SkyGrabber, from Russian company SkySoftware.
Ya think??"A senior defense official said that James Clapper, the Pentagon's intelligence chief, assessed the Iraq intercepts at the direction of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and concluded they represented a shortcoming to the security of the drone network."
You know what happens when you assume!!"The potential drone vulnerability lies in an unencrypted downlink between the unmanned craft and ground control. The U.S. government has known about the flaw since the U.S. campaign in Bosnia in the 1990s, current and former officials said. But the Pentagon assumed local adversaries wouldn't know how to exploit it, the officials said."
Since when is the government worried about how much something cost? Can you say "$7,600 coffee maker", "$434 hammer" and "$640 toilet seat" ??"Fixing the security gap would have caused delays, according to current and former military officials. It would have added to the Predator's price."
Actually that conversation was intercepted by a skilled CIA field operative using using a glass againts the wall. That's why the UAV Drone project didn't have enough funds to encrypt the drones rf links because a huge chunk of money was diverted to the CIAs ulta-top secret glass on th wall program.I love it!
"Hey Achmed, look what I just picked up."
"It looks like the signal from one of those annoying drones."
"Hmmm, Hey, I recognise that area. It is flying this way."
"Wow, what I great view, I can see right in this window. Oh, Shi . . . . "
Anyone going to try and intercept these feeds from the US side? I'm sure there are UAVs flown here too. Proof of Concept so to speak.