A dumb security flaw let a hacker download US drone secrets

Matt Burgess reports:

A hacker used a basic security vulnerability to access highly sensitive files relating to the US military’s spy drones and tanks, new research claims. Security firm Recorded Future says it discovered a criminal attempting to sell the secret information for only a few hundred dollars on a dark web forum last month.

The documents, which were advertised at between $150 and $200, included technical details of the MQ-9 Reaper drone. The drone has been used for unmanned surveillance missions for the military and other organisations including border control. Maintenance manuals and a list of airmen who were assigned to work on repairs were allegedly being sold among a cache of classified data.

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