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Predator drone video feeds get hacked

Posted on Thursday, December 17 2009 @ 21:45:40 CET by

CNET reports a $25.95 Windows application made in Russia enables Iraqi insurgents to intercept live video feeds from the U.S. military's Predator drones. The issue has been known for over a decade, but Pentagon officials thought insurgents wouldn't be smart enough to figure out how to exploit it.
Iraqi insurgents have reportedly intercepted live video feeds from the U.S. military's Predator drones using a $25.95 Windows application that allows them to track the pilotless aircraft undetected.

Hackers working with Iraqi militants were able to determine which areas of the country were under surveillance by the U.S. military, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, adding that video feeds from drones in Afghanistan also appear to have been compromised.



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