Drones in­ter­cepted in Iraq


In 2009, the Pen­tagon closed a se­cu­rity breach that al­lowed in­sur­gents to hack into data feeds from pi­lot­less “drone” air­craft that pro­vide real-time video of war zones in Iraq. It is re­ported that Shi’ite fight­ers in Iraq used cheap soft­ware to in­ter­cept the video feeds of drones, thus al­low­ing them to mon­i­tor US mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions. The US mil­i­tary came to know of the prob­lem when they ap­pre­hended a Shi’ite in­sur­gent who had dig­i­tal files of drone video feeds on his lap­top. Sub­se­quently, the US mil­i­tary found more files on other mil­i­tants’ lap­top.

The US mil­i­tary was quick on its feet and ‘fixed’ the is­sue. Pen­tagon spokesman Bryan Whit­man then had de­fended the use of drones and had said, “Ev­ery ca­pa­bil­ity comes with its ad­van­tages, disad­van­tages, ben­e­fits as well as po­ten­tial weak­nesses.”

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