Hack US Drones
$26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in
DECEMBER 17, 2009
This is an extremely serious event. In a matter of days, Iran has hacked the drone system, they have entered into Irai soil and seized an oil well without a shot fired, (Obama having 100,000 troops in Iraq with no response) The Iranians have also hacked twitter a low security network with many members being government names and movers and shakers (More than likely seeking to reverse engineer their way into government portals to hack the Federal Government and the US Military.
These three moves in
themselves is the beginnings of a bold series of in
your face attacks or declaration of war against the
Now the emboldened Iranians are goading Obama knowing full well they have the license to do whatever evil they desire and the Obama and US military will not respond.
J. DREAZEN and AUGUST
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.
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
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
Obama administration has come to rely heavily on the unmanned drones because
they allow the
stolen video feeds also indicate that
In the summer 2009 incident, the military found "days and days and hours and hours of proof" that the feeds were being intercepted and shared with multiple extremist groups, the person said. "It is part of their kit now."
senior defense official said that James Clapper, the Pentagon's intelligence
chief, assessed the
"There did appear to be a vulnerability," the defense official said. "There's been no harm done to troops or missions compromised as a result of it, but there's an issue that we can take care of and we're doing so."
military and intelligence officials said the
of the most detailed evidence of intercepted feeds has been discovered in
Pentagon is deploying record numbers of drones to
Gen. Deptula, speaking to reporters Wednesday, said there were inherent risks to using drones since they are remotely controlled and need to send and receive video and other data over great distances. "Those kinds of things are subject to listening and exploitation," he said, adding the military was trying to solve the problems by better encrypting the drones' feeds.
potential drone vulnerability lies in an unencrypted downlink between the
unmanned craft and ground control. The
The militants use programs such as SkyGrabber, from Russian company SkySoftware. Andrew Solonikov, one of the software's developers, said he was unaware that his software could be used to intercept drone feeds. "It was developed to intercept music, photos, video, programs and other content that other users download from the Internet -- no military data or other commercial data, only free legal content," he said by email from Russia.
stepped up efforts to prevent insurgents from intercepting video feeds after
the July incident. The difficulty, officials said, is that adding encryption to
a network that is more than a decade old involves more than placing a new piece
of equipment on individual drones. Instead, many components of the network
linking the drones to their operators in the
drones are built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of
In an email, a spokeswoman said that for security reasons, the company couldn't comment on "specific data link capabilities and limitations."
the security gap would have caused delays, according to current and former
military officials. It would have added to the Predator's price. Some officials
worried that adding encryption would make it harder to quickly share time-sensitive
data within the
"There's a balance between pragmatics and sophistication," said Mike Wynne, Air Force Secretary from 2005 to 2008.
The Air Force has staked its future on unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones account for 36% of the planes in the service's proposed 2010 budget.
Today, the Air Force is buying hundreds of Reaper drones, a newer model, whose video feeds could be intercepted in much the same way as with the Predators, according to people familiar with the matter. A Reaper costs between $10 million and $12 million each and is faster and better armed than the Predator. General Atomics expects the Air Force to buy as many as 375 Reapers.