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$26 of software defeats American military.

reporter (666905) writes | more than 4 years ago

The Military 2

reporter (666905) writes "According to a report just published by the "Wall Street Journal", SkyGrabber — a computer program that can be easily purchased for $25.95 off the Internet — can read and store the data transmitted on an unsecure channel by an unmanned drone. Drones are crucial to American military operations, for these aerial vehicles enable Washington to conduct war with a reduced number of soldiers.

The Iranians have taught Islamic thugs in Iraq how to read the intercepted data. " ... 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. ... Some of the most detailed evidence of intercepted feeds has been discovered in Iraq, but adversaries have also intercepted drone video feeds in Afghanistan, according to people briefed on the matter. These intercept techniques could be employed in other locations where the U.S. is using pilotless planes, such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, they said.""

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Information Overload (1)

smilnrt (1648147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30473342)

It would seem to me U.S. media would NOT publish this story, and show the world how vulnerable we are to attack. DUH! I love the internet, and how the flow of information is rapid, but sometimes I think it also hurts us. This article is why. This should not have been disclosed in my opinion.

Re:Information Overload (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30473608)

This is atrocious stupidity on the part of the United States military. Anyone listening to radio traffic in Iraq or Afghanistan already knew this. That some engineer thought unencrypted transmissions could be used for any military communications is laughable.

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