Sunday, December 27, 2009

Enemy Can Watch Predator Video Feeds

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Iraqi, and possibly also Afghan, militants are using commercial software to eavesdrop on U.S. Predators, other unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, and even piloted planes. The systems weren't "hacked" -- the insurgents can’t control them -- but because the downlink is unencrypted, they can watch the same video stream as the coalition troops on the ground.

It may be counterintuitive, but it's really not that big a deal as he explains. It is a simple matter of the risk of the video being intercepted being less than the cost of encrypting the feed.

1 comment:

alan_howe said...

And, while they may see themselves on the screen ("Wave, everybody!" "I can see the back of my head!"), they cannot see the footage of the exploding munitions that take them out. Sucks to be them...

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