Friday, December 18, 2009

Another snafu in Iraq and Afghanistan

Insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have hacked into live video feeds from Predator drones, a key weapon in a Pentagon spy system that serves as the military's eyes in the sky for surveillance and intelligence collection . . . Obtaining the video feeds can provide insurgents with critical information about what the military may be targeting, including buildings, roads and other facilities. Shiite fighters in Iraq used off-the-shelf software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds . . . The interception, first done there at least a year ago, was possible because the remotely flown planes had unprotected communications links.

We’re going to end up spending hundreds of billions - - even trillions - - of dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the security of our highest tech weapons can be breached with $25.95 “off-the-shelf software programs”?

We need to get out of there.

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