[hcs-d] this is why all CS students need to learn that security is a real concern

Kane Hsieh kane.hsieh at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 00:23:49 EST 2009


Yep

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/12/not-just-drones-militants-can-snoop-on-most-us-warplanes/

Kane Hsieh
Harvard College 2012
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On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 12:14 AM, Brad Seiler <seiler at fas.harvard.edu>wrote:

> I'm still not convinced that the firing system is secure, if this is how
> they handle the video feed. Wouldn't you expect ALL of the traffic to and
> from the drone to be encrypted?
>
> Does this mean that you can hack the video feed from spy planes too?
>
> -- Brad
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 12:07 AM, Jian Li <jianli at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>
>> Any guesses as to what video format the drones use?
>>
>> On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 10:55 PM, Jeremy Hoon <jeremy.d.hoon at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Insurgents who spend less in a year than the US military spends in a day
>>> managed to "hack" Predator drone camera feeds:
>>>
>>>
>>> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/12/predator-drones-use-less-encryption-than-your-tv.ars
>>>
>>> The "hack" in question was essentially to stick up an antenna and record
>>> an unencrypted stream of data. This whole incident is a great example of how
>>> relying on obscurity for protection and in general taking security shortcuts
>>> for convenience can really backfire. This is obviously egregious, but at the
>>> same time it's a good reminder that bad security practices, such as
>>> authenticating Harvard students by taking their passwords and logging into
>>> their @fas/@college IMAP inboxes, are unacceptable.
>>>
>>> Jeremy
>>>
>>>
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