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Report: Sensitive Military Drone Docs Found for Sale on the Dark Web

Report: Sensitive Military Drone Docs Found for Sale on the Dark Web
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By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:26 AM

A hacker succeeded in penetrating an Air Force officer's computer to steal sensitive information about the MQ-9A Reaper drone, according to the threat intelligence firm Recorded Future, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The documents, while not classified, include maintenance and course material on the US-made armed unmanned aerial vehicle used worldwide to surveille and strike targets.

The researchers at Recorded Future described the documents as "highly sensitive" in nature and said they "could provide an adversary the ability to assess technical capabilities and weaknesses in one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts," according to The Hill.

The hacker stole the files by exploiting a widely known security vulnerability in Netgear routers and tried to sell them on the dark web.

Recorded Future notified the Department of Homeland Security of their findings, and the hacker was ultimately blocked from selling the documents.

There was no evidence that the hacker was affiliated with a foreign country, or that he was intentionally trying to obtain military documents, Recorded Future senior threat researcher Andrei Barysevich told The Wall Street Journal.

However, Barysevich pointed out that the hacker's methods weren't particularly sophisticated, and his success should raise the alarm about what more advanced hackers may be stealing from the military.

The discovery of the hacker comes amid heightened concern about how military secrets may be insufficiently protected, as the Defense Department's inspector general has reportedly been investigating a major security breach when Chinese hackers allegedly stole information relating to submarine warfare, including plans to build a supersonic antiship missile.

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A hacker succeeded in penetrating an Air Force officer's computer to steal sensitive information about the MQ-9A Reaper drone, according to the threat intelligence firm Recorded Future.
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