Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes’ systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.
SkyGrabber looks like a very interesting piece of software.
From the SkyGrabber website:
SkyGrabber is offline satellite internet downloader. It intercepts satellite data( movie, music, pictures ) that downloadind by other users and saves information in your hard disk. So, you’ll get new movie, best music and funny pictures for free.
That is a direct quote… I didn’t make up that terrible grammar and spelling.
Link to SkyGrabber software website – HERE
Full Story at the Wall Street Journal – HERE