Blog Posts Tagged with "Drone"

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These Drones are Made for Watchin'

August 19, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The public has been pushing back on broad use of drones by law enforcement. At the request of reporters, advocacy organizations and city councils, public agencies have been required to justify their drone purchases and develop clear policies on when and under what conditions they will use drones for surveillance...

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Drones Vulnerable to Hijacking, Raising Concerns for Security

July 02, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

The problem is the security of these vehicles, which are based on high-tech components, and we know that nothing is totally secure. US drones are exploitable, possibly allowing hackers to take control. A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin recently conducted a successful hack...

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Breach Alert: Putin Makes Drone Development a National Priority

June 19, 2012 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Russia plans to spend US$13B on UAS development over the next eight years. Part of that technology development strategy is almost certainly going to be acquiring intellectual property on related technology from foreign firms. Two good examples of companies at risk are Boeing and General Atomics...

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Drones, Secret Surveillance, and Classifying the Wizard of Oz

May 10, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FAA finally released the names of the government agencies which applied for and received authorization to fly drones in the US. Unfortunately, the list did not include what drones were authorized, what they were being used for, or what information they were collecting...

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Did Iran Recover Encrypted Data from Downed Stealth Drone?

May 02, 2012 Added by:Dan Dieterle

Iranian officials recently released claims that they have finished their reverse engineering of the downed US stealth drone and will begin to make a copy. The Iranians released information they say was encrypted flight and maintenance data from internal databases...

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US Confirms Iran Did Not Hack RQ-170 Stealth Drone

February 13, 2012 Added by:Dan Dieterle

A congressional official has confirmed that Iran did not bring down the drone with it’s “cyber warfare” skills. Information from a 10 week CIA review seems to point to a malfunctioning data stream. Information from the faulty stream may have led the drone operator to land the UAV...

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Psst... Want Access to a RQ-170 Sentinel?

January 03, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

Now in the very likely propaganda department… The Voice of Russia is stating in an article published recently that Iran is offering access to their recently acquired RQ-170 Sentinel, reputedly a captured CIA collection platform, to Russia and China...

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Iran, the Cyber Threat... Are We Creating A New Enemy?

January 02, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

But are we sure that this is true? No one doubts Iran's capabilities, but there is no doubt that their means and financial resources are nothing compared to those of the U.S., China, Israel and Russia. Although we are faced with a Nation that has fully understood the importance of a cyber strategy, we cannot certainly consider it more offensive than others...

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Drone Hacking Claims: A Little Truthful or Bold Lies?

December 20, 2011 Added by:Joel Harding

Iran is claiming that an “electronic warfare” unit forced down an US RQ-170 Sentinel Drone through a cyber attack. The Iranians are saying they are close to uncovering all the secrets contained in the drone and unlocking the software. Instead of a detailed explanation, I just say BS...

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The RQ170 Affair: Spoofing, Jamming, and The GBAS

December 18, 2011 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

The documents show a program to “augment” the GPS environment in Iran by placing base stations with the Fajr GPS (GBAS) network/hardware in specific sites throughout the country to ostensibly help with aircraft navigation. In their presentation, they mention the possibility of spoofing...

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Who or What Downed the RQ-170?

December 17, 2011 Added by:Joel Harding

Cyber attack? Oh come on now. This would be a highly complex operation and I doubt even the Russians have that capability. First you would need to inject the proper commands into the system. Then, you’d have to establish a link through the CandC network from Beale or Creech Air Force Base...

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How the RQ-170 Was Hijacked

December 15, 2011 Added by:Ron Baklarz

While it is reported that intercepting unencrypted drone communication data streams had first been known to US military since the mid-1990's, this exploitation continued on into 2009 where militant laptops were found with drone data and unencrypted video feeds from Predator drones...

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US Drone Probably Experienced Mechanical Failure

December 05, 2011 Added by:Headlines

“U.S. and NATO officials wouldn’t say what kind of American drone had disappeared, but U.S. officials said there was no indication that the aircraft had been shot down by the Iranians. One American official said the drone likely suffered from a mechanical failure..."

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Was Iran's Downing of RQ-170 Related to the Malware Infection at Creech AFB?

December 04, 2011 Added by:Jeffrey Carr

Iran took over the controls of a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone and landed it with minimal damage. As of this writing, the U.S. Air Force hasn't yet confirmed or denied the attack. I've left a message with the on-call PA officer at Creech Air Force Base...

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Drone Wars – When Cyber Warfare Becomes Real

November 08, 2011 Added by:Dan Dieterle

Much hype has been heard in the media about cyber war but most of the instances cited so far point more to espionage or even at the most extreme case, sabotage. The comparison to “war” really hasn’t been justified. But what if a drone based virus could change friend to a foe?

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Air Force Drones Were Hit by Online Gaming Malware

October 18, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The UAV drone system were not the target of the malware. Instead, according to an anonymous defense official, the malware discovered was the kind that is “routinely used to steal log-in and password data from people who gamble or play games like Mafia Wars online..."

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