Shia insurgents in Iraq have been able to capture footage from a US military drone by using SkyGrabber, a $26 software that is "normally" used to intercept satellite data stream that is broadcasted back to the ground. It is convenient because it doesn't require an actual 2-way connection, it just grabs a one-way stream.
We can't call this a real "hack" because the US military apparently broadcasts its video feed via an unencrypted data stream (!). Thanks to the interception, it is believed that insurgents have been able to see what places were targeted and could therefore avoid US strikes.
I don't know if the stream is compressed or not, but it looks like the security level could be raised significantly if the video was compressed and encrypted. All you need is to slow down any brute force cracking by hours or days, it would make the real-time information useless. I smell an upcoming drone upgrade. Are you shocked that real-time intelligence footage was apparently broadcasted without encryption?
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Looks like even Santa has his own quirks when it comes to modifying his sleigh, thanks to this GE design that features OLED lighting technology. After all, Santa has to go all over the world to deliver presents to nice kids each year, so OLED lighting helps minimize his carboon footprint as well. The red OLED lighting is located in front of the sleigh to function as headlights, giving Rudolph a respite after all these years. Meant to be powered by ultra thin batteries, GE will work with Israel's Power Paper to come up with paper-thin batteries.
I've recently severed ties with Cable TV and I use a PC to watch Hulu and Netflix to get my daily fix of TV shows. Even live programs like CNN could not keep me from going "web" and so far, I really like it. I'm currently using a Cooler Master Wave my Home Theater PC case, but when I got a chance to look at the Lian Li PC-V351, I went ahead and built another home theater PC prototype.
The Lian-Li PC-V351 is made of aluminum with a black mate finish. It is larger than that thought it would be when I saw it on a shopping site (14.7x10.3x11") but it turned out to be just enough to build a powerful PC without having the components sit too tight in there, and it leave some room for expansion. When it is empty, the case is feels very light, much lighter than the Wave.
Newsweek’s Dan Lyons (a.k.a. “Fake Steve Job”) is stirring up unhappy AT&T customers to protest poor network performance by trying to use as much data as possible on Fri 19 Dec at noon. It’s not clear whether this will work or just end up in users becoming even unhappier! AT&T can also retaliate by arguing [...]
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Computer cases are an important part of any DIY computer system. The case is what people will see of your computer and the case determines how many drive bays you have and how cool your machine will stay to some extent. A company called Huntkey has announc...
We're giving away an HP MediaSmart Server EX495 with 1.5TB (courtesy of HP), so Christmas could be there much sooner than you expect. For those not familiar with the MediaSmart Server EX495, it's the latest generation of network storage appliance for consumers. It uses the Windows Home Server operating system and handles up to four hard drives as one logical space with built-in data duplication. A connector software installed on each client (PC or Mac) performs backups in the background. This is one of the most consumer-friendly NAS out there. More about the MediaSmart Server EX495 homepage.Rules highlights
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The Holiday Shopping season is in full swing and before you know it is Christmas. It is time to buy those gifts. Check out our big Top 100 Holiday Gift Guide 2009 for great tech-gift ideas. The guide is featuring tons of cool electronics, gadgets, video ga...
Just like there can never be enough handbags and shoes for women, so the same it is for computer users - you can never have enough storage space. LaCie steps in with their aptly-named 2Big USB 3.0 RAID drive which is able to hit a theoretical throughput speed of 275 MB/s, which is blazing fast by any standards. All you need to do is make sure that you computer is running on a USB 3.0-compatible motherboard or has a PCI-E card. There is no word on pricing or availability where the LaCie 2Big is concerned, but if this is the first effort from LaCie, we can't help but drool in anticipation of future iterations that will push the envelope even further. Gotta love the design on this device. [Press Release]
Hmmm, it seems as though BIS email is down and out for majority of carriers across the US and in selected parts of Canada. While nobody is able to receive email, one can still make use of browser, BlackBerry Messenger, voice and SMS services. No exact word on when things started to go awry, and neither is there information on when things will be restored to normal. If you're a BlackBerry user, hang in there and find something else to do instead of waiting for your email...
Sleek, powerful, creative ... these are the phones, laptops, games consoles and cameras that got me weak at the knees. I say for girls, boys can join in too. Click on the image below to start the gallery...