Spy drone data compromised

The U.S. military has known for about a year that the live video feeds generated by the spy Predator drones in Iraq and Afghanistan are being intercepted by insurgents. Some think the U.S. didn’t bother to encrypt the data because officials underestimated their enemy’s sophistication.

There’s no evidence that the militants also figured out how to block or scramble the data en route to the U.S., from where many of the drones are computer-controlled and -operated. Now it’s too late for that next step, as the U.S. plans to encrypt all its drones, whose air strikes play a large — if somewhat controversial — role in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

So how did the insurgents do it? Check out this video from the Associated Press to find out more:

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