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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The Wall Street Journal has a story running that the RIAA the group behind the mass lawsuits against file sharing in the US will stop filing new lawsuits. It goes on to note CD sales are still in decline and the PR of taking almost 40,000 people to court has resulted in various mishaps along the way, including a dead person and a thirteen year old girl. Instead it will attempt to force our Internet Service Providers to do the policing for them. The number of problems with this idea are too many to list in this short ramble. But one comment on the article raised an interesting idea, that maybe the RIAA has finally met some resistance and are changing directions before the door on their lawsuits gets closed.