According to these news sources, Shiite fighters in Iraq were able to ‘hack’ U.S. Predator drones using a $26* piece of Russian software called Skygrabber. When we hear the word ‘hack,’ we envision Iraqi insurgents controlling drones like RC planes, firing off hellfire missiles at confused U.S. troops.

‘Hack’ is too strong a word. The Shiite fighters were able to gain access to video feeds of predator drones, but not remotely interact with them. Some question if the video was live, and if fighters could even benefit from it.

So, let’s find out. I’ll download & install skygrabber right now, and I’ll audio record my process to tell you what kind of crazy shit I find.

Real time live audio feed of me, Asterios Kokkinos, trying “Skygrabber.”

*Skygrabber’s now listing on their website for $45.99. Sounds like someone got more important!

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Asterios Kokkinos

I've written for National Lampoon & Cracked Magazine, been featured on NPR's "Marketplace", and had a pilot screen at the New York Television Festival. I've performed stand-up all over NY, Boston & LA. I love Babylon 5, yelling at the TV with my dad and naps.

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