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Thursday, 17 December 2009
Our Drones Are Vulnerable

Notice that the "insurgents" did not have to develop this technology, they just bought it off the (Western world developed and supplied) internet. WSJ:

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.

U.S. officials say there is no evidence that militants were able to take control of the drones or otherwise interfere with their flights. Still, the intercepts could give America's enemies battlefield advantages by removing the element of surprise from certain missions and making it easier for insurgents to determine which roads and buildings are under U.S. surveillance.

The drone intercepts mark the emergence of a shadow cyber war within the U.S.-led conflicts overseas. They also point to a potentially serious vulnerability in Washington's growing network of unmanned drones, which have become the American weapon of choice in both Afghanistan and Pakistan...

Posted on 12/17/2009 8:47 AM by Rebecca Bynum
17 Dec 2009

Who is teaching the "militants" in Iraq which software to buy, and how to use it to pick up live satellite video feeds?

Where did those helpful helpers receive their education that allowed them to instruct the "militants"?  Was it in the madrasses of the Middle East, or was it in the classrooms of Western universities?

We write the software that can be used to defeat our own military, and then educate those sworn to subjugate us on how to use it.

That, after helping rebuild their military forces.

They are racking up the score, but it's all own-goals by ourselves.