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