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Friday, December 18th, 2009   7:33 am | Author: Jerry | Technology |
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Who writes the software for the US Armed Forces?

 

Yesterday a story broke that Iraqi insurgents were able to hack into the transmissions and view live feeds from U.S. military Predator drones monitoring targets in Iraq.

 

The insurgents used software developed by a Russian company that is available on the Internet for approximately $25.

 

The mighty US armed forces hacked by a $25 software package.

 

There is also some evidence that the hacking occurred with drones flying over Afghanistan.

 

No U.S. troops or combat missions had been compromised because of the intrusions. The insurgents never had control of any of the drones. They were just viewing images transmitted by the drones. However that could have provided information for them to avoid being detected.

 

Apparently the decision was made to eliminate encryption on live feeds because it slowed down the process. This in turn enabled anyone with this Russian software to access the live feeds from the drones.

 

It is difficult to believe that with all the technology and technical knowledge in the US someone has not figured out how to transmit live feeds securely.

 

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