Thursday, December 17, 2009

Military Says 'Drone Hacks' Fixed

Word around the inter-tubes is that a $25.95 downloadable piece of shareware allows jihadists to intercept U.S. military drone video feeds, in real time.

That makes it kinda sweet for Hasan & Amir to stash the RPGs and camels in a cave, then hide behind some women & kids before the blood and thunder ruins their day.

Not sure how much good this video feed hackery has done these jihadists, as Pakistani intelligence officials report that Obama continues to air raid villages, kill civilians, and a fistful of terrorists, too, in a multi-drone strike along the Afghan border near North Waziristan on Thursday.

A member of al-Qaida's senior leadership suffered death by drone just last week.

Those results may corroborate the U.S. Military's claim that the drone video feed hack has long been fixed.

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has closed a security breach that allowed insurgents to hack into data feeds from pilotless "drone" aircraft that provide real-time video of war zones, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday.

The comments followed a report in the Wall Street Journal that revealed Shi'ite fighters in Iraq used software that cost as little as $26 to intercept the video feeds, potentially allowing them to monitor U.S. military operations.

"It is an old issue that was addressed and fixed," the U.S. defense official said when asked about the article."

Ed. note: corroboration is essential for stories like this when it's from those stalwart "we (heart) jihadis" reporters at Reuters.

Update: AFP reporting drone hack fixed. Also UK Guardian.

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