December 18, 2009

hacked & 'not hacked' drones

WSJ: Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones

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.

Leah Bolger: So what if hackers can intercept drones--what's the worst that could happen...they might kill innocent people?

Sounds like the 'not hacked' drones to me.

I remember reading an article about the drones and the iphones & ip0ds a short while ago. It pointed out that the military and defense industry were thrilled with the iphone technology because they didn't need to develop the hardware and system - all they needed was to write a program for the iphone. We wondered about hackers getting hold of the system.

Well they have. The hackers have not only taken it from the defense industry but have gone one effort-saving step further. They don't need to build the drone either. All they need to do is hack the system. It gives birth to one more "dirty bomb" problem.

It's an endless cycle. I keep wondering what it would be like if we had humane people running the country and defense. -Russell

-thanks to Leah Bolger

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