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Predator video signals hacked with cheap software

PENTAGON (WKOW) -- Insurgents in Iraq are using $26 software to hack into the video feed from unmanned military drones.

The "hacking" gives them the same view as the drone's operator.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Shiite militias have used SkyGrabber, a piece of software developed in Russia for pirating satellite TV signals.

The aerial drones are being used extensively to provide intelligence about enemy movements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US intelligence became aware of the problem when agents found video footage from Predator drones saved on captured insurgent laptops. According to senior officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, seized laptops contained what amounts to days of footage.

The US decided not to upgrade it's encryption technology to save money.  Now they're working to fix the problem.

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