Monday, October 10, 2011

Holy moly.

A virus has infected the computers used to pilot the U.S. Air Force's drones.

Wow.  That's scary. 

I found this paragraph to be the most disturbing, in a "WTF?!?!" sort of way:

But despite their widespread use, the drone systems are known to have security flaws. Many Reapers and Predators don’t encrypt the video they transmit to American troops on the ground. [emphasis mine] In the summer of 2009, U.S. forces discovered “days and days and hours and hours” of the drone footage on the laptops of Iraqi insurgents. A $26 piece of software allowed the militants to capture the video.

The information from military aircraft on top secret missions was not being encrypted?  I'm just speechless.  Yes, I know that hindsight is 20/20, but how could anyone reasonably miss the importance of encryption here?

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