I was looking over the WSJ and I stumbled upon an article on video feeds from predator drones being intercepted by insurgents. I had to stop and re-read. Intercepted with a “$26 off-the-shelf software”. Are you kidding me? Let me add some salt to this wound.

“The potential drone vulnerability lies in an unencrypted downlink between the unmanned craft and ground control. The U.S. government has known about the flaw since the U.S. campaign in Bosnia in the 1990s, current and former officials said. But the Pentagon assumed local adversaries wouldn’t know how to exploit it, the officials said.”

Classic security through obscurity. Lets hope they won’t figure out how to exploit it, genius. Every transmission should be protected from interception and tampering. To not do such a thing on a military drone is just incompetence.

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