Iran Has Had Ability to Interfere With US Drone Communications Since 2009.

Posted on December 5, 2011


The loss of one of our top secret stealth drones to Iran in some manner is of great concern.  But this is not the first instance in which they have interfered with our unmanned craft. Incredibly, Iran backed insurgents have been “hacking” the communications software on our Predator drones in Iraq air space since 2009. [WSJ]

 

By SIOBHAN GORMAN, YOCHI J. DREAZEN and AUGUST COLE

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.

Senior 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 Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.

With the known weakness mentioned above, two years would have been sufficient time to build more security into the software.  In this reporter’s mind, the issue of concern is not so much that they have a piece of our advanced technology but that the Iranians have an ability to discover, track and somehow bring them down.

 

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