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Predator video feeds hacked.

An unmanned drone RQ-7A

An unmanned drone RQ-7A "Shadow" lands at an American military base in Baqouba, Iraq in this Aug. 31, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Sgt. Kimberly Snow, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense officials confirm that insurgents both
in Iraq and in Afghanistan have hacked into live video feeds coming
from U.S. Predator drones.

Those are the unmanned aircraft that serve as the military's
eyes in the sky for surveillance and intelligence collection.

But a senior defense official says there's no evidence that the
insurgents were able to jam the electronic signals, or take control
of the vehicles.

Still, obtaining the video feeds can give insurgents valuable
information about what the military may be targeting.

Officials say the Defense Department is working to encrypt all
of its drone video feeds from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But it's a lengthy process, because it involves hundreds of the
unmanned aircraft and thousands of ground stations.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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