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    Iraq tracks US drones with cheap software

    If this is true then story is amazing. I used similar program for grabbing satellite data what people download but I dropped when I sold my Sky Star card since people tend to download mostly porn. Anyway it looks this Iraqi guys found more usefull service for it

    Cheap software ‘helps Iraqi militants track US drones’

    SkyGrabber: the $26 software used by insurgents to hack into US drones | Technology | guardian.co.uk

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    This sounds like propaganda. The US military is usually not that sloppy with security. If there is hole in the security, it has probably been plugged by now. The only reason that I can think of as to why the signal would not be encrypted would be due to the propagation delay created by encryption/decryption.

    The second article assumes that the drone controllers are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Most of the controllers are in California. With the satellite connection, they can be located anywhere in the world where they have access to a military satellite. They have live video feeds from the drones, so they do not need to be close to the drones.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Slightly offtopic but CNN recently had this interesting report about 'Warfare by Remote'

    Remote warfare ushers new kind of stress - CNN.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    Slightly offtopic but CNN recently had this interesting report about 'Warfare by Remote'

    Remote warfare ushers new kind of stress - CNN.com
    The video is interesting.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    This sounds like propaganda. The US military is usually not that sloppy with security. If there is hole in the security, it has probably been plugged by now. The only reason that I can think of as to why the signal would not be encrypted would be due to the propagation delay created by encryption/decryption.

    The second article assumes that the drone controllers are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Most of the controllers are in California. With the satellite connection, they can be located anywhere in the world where they have access to a military satellite. They have live video feeds from the drones, so they do not need to be close to the drones.
    I remember an aricle a few years back that the military had a problem with sensitive information being stolen in Afganistain. The information was being stored on small usb flash drives and stolen from offices by local cleaners that were selling the devices in local bazaars.

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    Just think of the last Terminator movie where the rebels "thought" they had the key to defeating the machines...maybe the U.S. "wanted" them to "think" they had access....
    Or it could just be sloppy...it'll just be nice when all of that business is done.

  7. Looks like an ad for SkyGrabber. We spend trillions on defense I don't think this is legit.

  8. Looks like an ad for SkyGrabber. We spend trillions on defense I don't think this is legit.

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