Predator Drone Video Feeds Hacked By Insurgents
Apparently, the reason SkyGrabber works on what one would think is a secure transmission is because the over-the-air transmission can't, quite obviously, be all that secure unless it is encrypted. Incredibly, it is not. Or at least, was not, as the U.S. is working on the issue, and have been for some time.
Worse, the U.S. government has known about the issue with the lack of encryption since the U.S. campaign in Bosnia in the 1990s, according to both current and former officials. However, the Pentagon "assumed" insurgents wouldn't be aware of how to exploit it, they added.
This shows that while many feel that insurgents are simply non-technical guerrillas, that is no longer the case. These local adversaries are definitely not working out of the Stone Age.
While the video feeds were compromised, officials were quick to point out that the actual Predator drones themselves were not. In other words, insurgents could view the video feed, but they could not hack into the drones themselves and control them. That is still something you might see in a B-sci-fi movie.SkyGrabber is from a Russian company named SkySoftware. Andrew Solonikov, one of the software's developers, told the WSJ that he was unaware of its military potential. He said "It was developed to intercept music, photos, video, programs and other content that other users download from the Internet -- no military data or other commercial data, only free legal content."