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    Iran shows intercepted CIA drone unscathed

    Iran shows intercepted CIA drone unscathed (VIDEO)

    Published: 8 December, 2011, 22:41
    Edited: 9 December, 2011, 04:34

    Days after the Pentagon first denied and then admitted that it lost touch with a high-tech drone aircraft, authorities in Iran are now saying that they have the plane — and its condition is pristine.
    The unmanned, robotic aircraft — a RQ170 Sentinel drone plane — disappeared last week. American authorities quickly dismissed claims that they lost the plane over Iran, only to later admit that the CIA was flying a reconnaissance mission over Afghanistan when they lost touch with the top-secret stealth drone. Soon after it was believed that communication was cut once the plane waded through the air in Iranian territory. American officials then claimed that satellite imagery showed that the drone had crashed and was beyond repair.
    Officials out of Tehran, however, now say that they intercepted the craft and have it in perfect shape. For proof, Iran television has even broadcast footage of the craft.
    Tehran is saying that they brought down the drone themselves with the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit after they caught the craft in Iran, around 140 miles from the country’s border with Afghanistan.
    The Sentinel has been in the arsenal of the US military since 2009 and the Pentagon has gone to great lengths to keep its exact capabilities under wraps, though those speaking under condition of anonymity to the Los Angeles Times have revealed that among its powers is the ability to intercept cell phone transmissions and sniff out toxic chemicals from miles above the Earth’s surface, all while remaining undetected.
    "It's bad — they'll have everything,” one official added to the Times.
    "It carries a variety of systems,” author Peter W. Singer tells the Times, “to its allies . . . it's a potential gold mine.”
    Given the craft’s complex technology, the interception out of Iran allowed for authorities to down the drone in what appears to be perfect condition. BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says such supports the claim by Iran that its forces electronically hijacked the plane brought it down without a crash.
    Is the hacking of the drone’s complex system a possibility for Iran? Less than two months ago, RT reported that a key-logger virus was installed on the computers at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, infecting information in the cockpits of drones. The Air Force officials on the base were not made aware of the incident until an expose in Wired’s Danger Room revealed the details.
    As it so happens, the Sentinel is dispatched out of the same base. If that virus from months back was in fact perpetrated by Tehran, the United States could be the victim of cyber warfare courtesy of Iran. Such an attack has been among the Pentagon’s worries for years now, and in May the DoD formally filed paperwork that says computer sabotage from another nation counts as an act of war. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal at the time, one unnamed military official was quoted as saying, “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks.”
    While the US investigates how they managed to lose the craft to Iran, the biggest concern for America right now is what Tehran will do with the craft. As threats grow of a potential nuclear program overseas and tensions between countries worsen, the technology of such an advanced craft in the hands of the perceived enemy — and its allies — could be detrimental to any military action the US intends on carrying out in the future — or any action dished out by Iran.
    "Among the United States' main concerns is that Iran could use an intact aircraft to examine the vulnerabilities in stealth technology and take countermeasures with its air defense systems,” reports Iran’s FARS news agency. “Another is that China or other US adversaries could help Iran extract data from the drone that would reveal its flight history, surveillance targets and other capabilities. The drone was programmed to destroy such data in the event of a malfunction, but it failed to do so.”
    “The blow has been so heavy that the US officials do not still want to accept that Iran brought down the plane by a cyberattack."
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    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.

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    You would think with something that valuable/sensitive it would have some kind of stealth transponder to help with a radar guided search and destroy mission in the event it fell into enemy hands.

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    awesome, good work Iran

    exposing the US again as the liars of the world,

    hopefully they can dismantle it, without causing an explosion

    those drones looks very nice actually, right out of a Galactica episode

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    It looks fake to me. Why is the underneath all covered up?

    Seiously, do you think they could hack it, take over the controls and land it safely? Seems amazing if they could...I reckon it smashed and they hurriedly made a fibreglass copy, hence the covering of the stand it is sitting on underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    "It's bad — they'll have everything,” one official added to the Times.
    "It carries a variety of systems,” author Peter W. Singer tells the Times, “to its allies . . . it's a potential gold mine.”

    Doesn't look good does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    "It's bad — they'll have everything,” one official added to the Times.
    "It carries a variety of systems,” author Peter W. Singer tells the Times, “to its allies . . . it's a potential gold mine.”

    Doesn't look good does it?
    No it doesn't - especially for the DOD (dept of defense)
    That drone should have had a destruct feature built in for situations like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    US officials do not still want to accept that Iran brought down the plane by a cyberattack
    Well if this is true, yikes.

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    What might have happened is Iran jammed the control signal and the drone automatically landed (in Iran territory). The undercarriage may been badly damaged which is why is was displayed on a covered stand. Or as the US claims it malfunctioned and landed.
    As the immediate reaction from everyone in whole world is why it did not self destruct when control was lost, can you imagine being the person that has to actually answer that question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    I expect both Russia and China have already put their bids in.

    Now you know why they're both kissing Syria's arse.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    I expect both Russia and China have already put their bids in.

    Now you know why they're both kissing Syria's arse.
    Right.

    Assad isn't a flake like Quaddfi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    in May the DoD formally filed paperwork that says computer sabotage from another nation counts as an act of war.
    Maybe this quote is why the drone didn't self destruct.

    The US now has justification for war.

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    Wonder how many millions of dollars that is worth just to let the Ruskies or chinks spend a few days going over it.

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    The chinks will have copies in the shops by Christamas. Every fcuker will have one come next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    I expect both Russia and China have already put their bids in.

    Now you know why they're both kissing Syria's arse.
    Right.

    Assad isn't a flake like Quaddfi.
    He's also best mates with Iran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    You would think with something that valuable/sensitive it would have some kind of stealth transponder to help with a radar guided search and destroy mission in the event it fell into enemy hands.
    Or something simpler, like a couple of k of C4 strapped underneath attached to a radio frequency operated detonator so you wouln't have go find it and blow it up, you could blow it up wherever it was at the push of a button at home base.
    I mean that would be kind of common sense.
    Something the yanks seem to be in short supply of.

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    USA owned, Iran wins again

    USA: 0, IRAN: 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good luck with the reverse engineering.
    Good thing too there wasn't any Francis Gary Powers to be held captive.
    I expect both Russia and China have already put their bids in.

    Now you know why they're both kissing Syria's arse.
    Right.

    Assad isn't a flake like Quaddfi.
    The U.S. is paying the price for its arrogant foreign policy. Not involving the russians and carrying on like a World-Bully is a big mistake.
    Setting up those missiles in Poland is not realy an act of friendship (maybe the russians should talk to Fidel and Co.)
    The Russians lost a lot of money (selling military aircrafts) because the U.S. attacked Libya for their own selfish reasons. Another fine act of friendship !
    The list goes on an on.
    If the U.S. would make a foreign policy that suits the interest of the American people, the world would/could be back in order. But foreign policy is not "Made in U.S.A"....like so many other things .
    In the mean time some undergraduates worry about a few chinese missiles ...while the U.S. is flying its spy planes arround the world. Can you blame the chinese and russians for not trusting the U.S. ?
    http://teakdoor.com/world-news/99679...t-china-s.html (Georgetown students shed light on China’s tunnel system for nuclear weapons)

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    It could have been intentionally dropped into the hands of Iran for some sort of counter-intelligence operation.

    Maybe somewhere in the software is a malicious virus meant for a destructive goal inside Iran, possibly the nuclear program.

    Something similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked there nuclear program last year.


    Stuxnet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Iran as target

    Ralph Langner, the researcher who identified that Stuxnet infected PLCs, first speculated publicly in September 2010 that the malware was of Israeli origin, and that it targeted Iranian nuclear facilities.[57] However Langner more recently, in a TED Talk recorded in February 2011, stated that, "My opinion is that the Mossad is involved but that the leading force is not Israel. The leading force behind Stuxnet is the cyber superpower—there is only one; and that's the United States."[58] Kevin Hogan, Senior Director of Security Response at Symantec, reported that the majority of infected systems were in Iran (about 60%),[59] which has led to speculation that it may have been deliberately targeting "high-value infrastructure" in Iran[9] including either the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant or the Natanz nuclear facility.[32][60][61] Langner called the malware "a one-shot weapon" and said that the intended target was probably hit,[62] although he admitted this was speculation.[32] Another German researcher, Frank Rieger, was the first to speculate that Natanz was the target.[23]
    Insight: Did Conficker help sabotage Iran program

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/s...,2209891.story

    "Conficker was a door kicker," said Bumgarner, chief technology officer for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a non-profit group that studies the impact of cyber threats. "It built out an elaborate smoke screen around the whole world to mask the real operation, which was to deliver Stuxnet."

    While it is widely believed that the United States and Israel were behind Stuxnet, Bumgarner wouldn't comment on whether he believes the Americans and Israelis also unleashed Conficker, one of the most virulent pieces of so-called malware ever detected. He wouldn't name the attackers he believes were behind the two programs, saying the matter was too sensitive to discuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    in May the DoD formally filed paperwork that says computer sabotage from another nation counts as an act of war.
    Maybe this quote is why the drone didn't self destruct.

    The US now has justification for war.
    Let's Roll!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobs00 View Post
    It could have been intentionally dropped into the hands of Iran for some sort of counter-intelligence operation.

    Maybe somewhere in the software is a malicious virus meant for a destructive goal inside Iran, possibly the nuclear program.

    Something similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked there nuclear program last year.


    Stuxnet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Iran as target

    Ralph Langner, the researcher who identified that Stuxnet infected PLCs, first speculated publicly in September 2010 that the malware was of Israeli origin, and that it targeted Iranian nuclear facilities.[57] However Langner more recently, in a TED Talk recorded in February 2011, stated that, "My opinion is that the Mossad is involved but that the leading force is not Israel. The leading force behind Stuxnet is the cyber superpower—there is only one; and that's the United States."[58] Kevin Hogan, Senior Director of Security Response at Symantec, reported that the majority of infected systems were in Iran (about 60%),[59] which has led to speculation that it may have been deliberately targeting "high-value infrastructure" in Iran[9] including either the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant or the Natanz nuclear facility.[32][60][61] Langner called the malware "a one-shot weapon" and said that the intended target was probably hit,[62] although he admitted this was speculation.[32] Another German researcher, Frank Rieger, was the first to speculate that Natanz was the target.[23]
    Insight: Did Conficker help sabotage Iran program

    Insight: Did Conficker help sabotage Iran program - chicagotribune.com

    "Conficker was a door kicker," said Bumgarner, chief technology officer for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a non-profit group that studies the impact of cyber threats. "It built out an elaborate smoke screen around the whole world to mask the real operation, which was to deliver Stuxnet."

    While it is widely believed that the United States and Israel were behind Stuxnet, Bumgarner wouldn't comment on whether he believes the Americans and Israelis also unleashed Conficker, one of the most virulent pieces of so-called malware ever detected. He wouldn't name the attackers he believes were behind the two programs, saying the matter was too sensitive to discuss.
    A very interesting possibility.

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    The US will surrender, like they always do

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    This drone does its work from 50,000 feet- yeah, I'm sure it's 'unscathed' and 'pristine' after being shot down from that height- maybe it only fell 25,000 feet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    The US will surrender, like they always do
    Says the man from the land of sunburned armpits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    The US will surrender, like they always do
    "Like they always do"

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