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vernonFL    [TotalFark]  
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05 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
What didn't Obama know, and when didn't he know it?

05 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
Cythraul     
And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?

05 Dec 2012 01:45 PM
sigdiamond2000    [TotalFark]  
This is worse than FartghaziGate.

05 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
I_C_Weener    [TotalFark]  

vernonFL: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 264x191]



Many bits died for this information.

05 Dec 2012 01:50 PM
Snarfangel    [TotalFark]  
Okay, which one of you jokers installed Stuxnet 2.0 on the intelligence drone?

05 Dec 2012 01:56 PM
PainInTheASP    [TotalFark]  

Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?


Even worse...Obama's long-form birth certificate AND college transcripts were on that flight.

05 Dec 2012 01:58 PM
Darth Skywalker    [TotalFark]  
Many Bothans died to bring us this information

05 Dec 2012 02:00 PM
doyner    [TotalFark]  
I guess the operators didn't fly casual.

05 Dec 2012 02:02 PM
toraque    [TotalFark]  
PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Yes, Great Ayatollah, our skilled technicians have broken the encryption on the data retrieved from the Great Satan's drone!

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: Most excellent.

IRANIAN TECHNICIAN: Mister President, the data appears to be encoded as video. I believe we have the proper codecs installed to play this now, if you wish.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Proceed.

(All eyes turn to the video projection screen)

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: "Never gonna give you up? Never gonna let you down?" Is this some kind of code?

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: (facepalm)

05 Dec 2012 02:17 PM
AlwaysRightBoy    [TotalFark]  

toraque: encoded as video.


As soon as you said that I knew where you were going with that!

+1

05 Dec 2012 02:21 PM
queezyweezel    [TotalFark]  

Snarfangel: Okay, which one of you jokers installed Stuxnet 2.0 on the intelligence drone?


Exactly. What better way to gain access than a well placed trojan horse?

05 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

toraque: PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: (facepalm)


Just the audio. For the picture:

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05 Dec 2012 03:47 PM
TheBeastOfYuccaFlats    [TotalFark]  
Ars had a good article on this yesterday:

Iran claims victorious capture of a flying lawnmower

05 Dec 2012 04:03 PM
Evil Mackerel     
Enemy wheel barrel spotted!

05 Dec 2012 04:15 PM
FarkingReading     
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05 Dec 2012 04:15 PM
Fizpez     
So we fill the gas tanks of one of these babies about 85% full of C4, let the Iranians "capture" it and take it to their top scientists and military bases for full analysis and when we're sure the room is full of semi to very important people.... *boom*.

05 Dec 2012 04:16 PM
BalugaJoe    [TotalFark]  
We got a bad ass here.

05 Dec 2012 04:17 PM
FarkingReading     
At least they'll get a chuckle out of it.

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05 Dec 2012 04:17 PM
cgraves67     

Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?


It's apparently a generic model. So it's not like they are getting proprietary US technology. Several countries are using them. The US claims it's not ours, but it could belong to any one of the NATO or Arab countries operating in the area or Israel. The Iranians could pull cryptographic software off of it, and reverse engineer it in order to do something, maybe hijack more drones.

05 Dec 2012 04:17 PM
indarwinsshadow     
What data? Everything is probably downlinked. The only thing they could gather from this souped up low cost hobby aircraft is some navigation software. It doesn't carry weapons. It probably doesn't store the data, and if it does it's probably non encrypted basic point and shoot video. A big "meh". I could be wrong but I doubt it.

05 Dec 2012 04:18 PM
ChipNASA     

05 Dec 2012 04:20 PM
Nothing To See Here     
Those crafty Bastids.

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05 Dec 2012 04:20 PM
Russky     

toraque: PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Yes, Great Ayatollah, our skilled technicians have broken the encryption on the data retrieved from the Great Satan's drone!

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: Most excellent.

IRANIAN TECHNICIAN: Mister President, the data appears to be encoded as video. I believe we have the proper codecs installed to play this now, if you wish.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Proceed.

(All eyes turn to the video projection screen)

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: "Never gonna give you up? Never gonna let you down?" Is this some kind of code?

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: (facepalm)


nice, that would be so epic.

05 Dec 2012 04:21 PM
firefly212     

indarwinsshadow: What data? Everything is probably downlinked. The only thing they could gather from this souped up low cost hobby aircraft is some navigation software. It doesn't carry weapons. It probably doesn't store the data, and if it does it's probably non encrypted basic point and shoot video. A big "meh". I could be wrong but I doubt it.


It doesn't have self-nav software... surveyors can buy these planes too (some ONG surveyors out here in the mountains have em)... they're just oversized manually-controlled camera platforms that transmit data...they don't actually have any data storage at all on them.

05 Dec 2012 04:25 PM
Tickle Mittens     
It could just be a hilarious way for us to deliver a trojan to them.

05 Dec 2012 04:26 PM
Wade_Wilson     
Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?

Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, I can see why that might be difficult to arrange, but why not a magnet held away from the hard drive by a spring loaded mechanism, which will be released if the machine is powered down without some sort of "mission accomplished" signal from home base?

05 Dec 2012 04:26 PM
firefly212     

cgraves67: Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?

It's apparently a generic model. So it's not like they are getting proprietary US technology. Several countries are using them. The US claims it's not ours, but it could belong to any one of the NATO or Arab countries operating in the area or Israel. The Iranians could pull cryptographic software off of it, and reverse engineer it in order to do something, maybe hijack more drones.


Seriously though, private companies buy this model all the time... if you're surveying large plots of land or looking for specific geological features, these things are kind of new toys for ONG companies here in CO, but they're not difficult to come by.

05 Dec 2012 04:27 PM
StrangeQ     

indarwinsshadow: What data? Everything is probably downlinked. The only thing they could gather from this souped up low cost hobby aircraft is some navigation software. It doesn't carry weapons. It probably doesn't store the data, and if it does it's probably non encrypted basic point and shoot video. A big "meh". I could be wrong but I doubt it.


Yep. And even IF the thing had any sort of crypto hardware on board it likely also comes equiped with a self-destruct circuit. (yes, they do actually exist. We've had to instruct pilots that the "Push to Destroy in Case of Emergency" button on the radios we install is not a shortcut crypto zeroize switch and that it will, in fact, do exactly what it says and brick a $50,000 piece of equipment)

05 Dec 2012 04:28 PM
firefly212     

Wade_Wilson: Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?

Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, I can see why that might be difficult to arrange, but why not a magnet held away from the hard drive by a spring loaded mechanism, which will be released if the machine is powered down without some sort of "mission accomplished" signal from home base?


Because there's no farking hard drive to erase. It is a "dumb" drone... you fly it manually, it transmits video, but has no recording devices, no advanced electronics, and there's not really anything to hide. The Iranians have captured the same level of tech you could go to your local hobby store and buy.

05 Dec 2012 04:28 PM
NateAsbestos     

cgraves67: Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?

It's apparently a generic model. So it's not like they are getting proprietary US technology. Several countries are using them. The US claims it's not ours, but it could belong to any one of the NATO or Arab countries operating in the area or Israel. The Iranians could pull cryptographic software off of it, and reverse engineer it in order to do something, maybe hijack more drones.


There's no way that drone didn't have its own specific encryption keys. They might get those... but so what? They're not going to be able to reverse-engineer it to hijack other drones, unless the system is VERY badly designed.

05 Dec 2012 04:29 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
"It's made of metal."

05 Dec 2012 04:29 PM
OMG! We're All Gonna Die!     
Unlikely tag busy watching springer?

05 Dec 2012 04:33 PM
runwiz     
I urge all Americans to join me in tying yellow ribbons around trees until Iran frees our drone.

05 Dec 2012 04:34 PM
LarryDan43     
And now they have a virus.

05 Dec 2012 04:34 PM
firefly212     
Seriously, Iran got the technological boost equivalent to beating up that guy at the mall who flies the little helicopters around all day.

Iranian Engineer:
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05 Dec 2012 04:35 PM
firefly212     

LarryDan43: And now they have a virus.


Not unless they got a cold while examining the hard-drive less drone.

05 Dec 2012 04:36 PM
DeathCipris     

NateAsbestos: cgraves67: Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?

It's apparently a generic model. So it's not like they are getting proprietary US technology. Several countries are using them. The US claims it's not ours, but it could belong to any one of the NATO or Arab countries operating in the area or Israel. The Iranians could pull cryptographic software off of it, and reverse engineer it in order to do something, maybe hijack more drones.

There's no way that drone didn't have its own specific encryption keys. They might get those... but so what? They're not going to be able to reverse-engineer it to hijack other drones, unless the system is VERY badly designed.


They ARE poorly designed. People can take them down with 1000 dollars worth of equipment by hijacking their GPS broadcast signal.
Linky

05 Dec 2012 04:36 PM
Hobodeluxe     
great. so now they know what their own country looks like.

05 Dec 2012 04:37 PM
BalugaJoe    [TotalFark]  
We should send Fark drone to fine funny Iranian headlines.

05 Dec 2012 04:39 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
Unfortunately for the Iranians, the drone was full of photoshops of their missile launches, so it didn't tell them anything they couldn't learn from Googling "Iranian photoshops".

05 Dec 2012 04:39 PM
Le Bomb Suprize     
Sunday: Susan Rice appears on news shows to reaffirm that this was NOT our drone.
Monday: FOX news exclusive that this was an American designed drone, but possibly used by another country.
Tuesday: FOX news reveals that Susan Rice has not had the basic training to remotely control these drones.
Wednesday: Hannity asks the question as to whether Susan Rice, not being a remote control flying expert, can even claim that it was not a U.S. drone. Demands investigation.
Thursday: The Blaze features an inside source showing that not only did Susan Rice purposely give the Iranians classified information via the black box carried on the drone, but that she is part of a plot to make the U.S.A. legally bound to Sharia Law.
Friday: Rush Limbaugh calls out for Susan Rice to be charged as a traitor and deported.
Saturday: 35% of GOP voters 100% confident that Susan Rice is a secret muslim infiltrator involved in an internal power grab with Valerie Jarret to control Obama.
Sunday: News shows have moved on to discuss fiscal cliff negotiations amid lamentations from conservative media that the Iranian drone story is being swept under the rug by the liberal media.

05 Dec 2012 04:40 PM
doglover    [TotalFark]  

Wade_Wilson: Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?

Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, I can see why that might be difficult to arrange, but why not a magnet held away from the hard drive by a spring loaded mechanism, which will be released if the machine is powered down without some sort of "mission accomplished" signal from home base?


Because that's a rube goldberg idea. C4 does a better job than a magnet, first off. Second, a spy drone isn't exactly a spy plane. It hasn't got much worth self destructing. You can build one yourself.

05 Dec 2012 04:41 PM
Jument     

cgraves67: Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?

It's apparently a generic model. So it's not like they are getting proprietary US technology. Several countries are using them. The US claims it's not ours, but it could belong to any one of the NATO or Arab countries operating in the area or Israel. The Iranians could pull cryptographic software off of it, and reverse engineer it in order to do something, maybe hijack more drones.


All decent cryptographic algorithms are not vulnerable to reverse engineering. If there's a provisioned secret key buried in the drone that can be used to do anything other than impersonate that one drone then the designers need to be taken out behind the woodshed and brutalized horribly. Obviously any drone could be captured at any time. There can't be anything of value in it besides the hardware, else epic fail.

05 Dec 2012 04:45 PM
remus     
I was able to hack into the Iranian Revolutionary Guards database and extract this highly classified picture of the drone in question:

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05 Dec 2012 04:46 PM
kim jong-un     

indarwinsshadow: What data? Everything is probably downlinked. The only thing they could gather from this souped up low cost hobby aircraft is some navigation software. It doesn't carry weapons. It probably doesn't store the data, and if it does it's probably non encrypted basic point and shoot video. A big "meh". I could be wrong but I doubt it.


The FCS and nav software is what separates a high end military drone from a model aircraft.

Weapons are simple. Delivery is the challenge.

05 Dec 2012 04:46 PM
ArkPanda     
By the way, this doesn't necessarily prove that we are flying stuff into Iran. There's a pro-Iranian militia in western Afghanistan that probably has all kinds of junk by now.

05 Dec 2012 04:48 PM
kim jong-un     

doglover: Wade_Wilson: Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?

Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, I can see why that might be difficult to arrange, but why not a magnet held away from the hard drive by a spring loaded mechanism, which will be released if the machine is powered down without some sort of "mission accomplished" signal from home base?

Because that's a rube goldberg idea. C4 does a better job than a magnet, first off. Second, a spy drone isn't exactly a spy plane. It hasn't got much worth self destructing. You can build one yourself.


Anything of value should zeroize once antitamper is triggered.

05 Dec 2012 04:49 PM
TheBeastOfYuccaFlats    [TotalFark]  
Peeps, this thing was almost literally an airfoil with a mounted lawnmower motor. There was nothing secret on it.

05 Dec 2012 04:51 PM
way south     
Now that they've got the data the can go to tower hobbies and build drones for themselves!

I'm almos concerned...

05 Dec 2012 04:51 PM
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