|Israeli soldiers with an IAI Eitan, also known as the Heron TP, a surveillance unmanned air vehicle on display at Tel Nof Air Force Base near Tel Aviv, February 21, 2010.
Photo: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters/Newscom
In a joint surveillance program, the US intelligence agency NSA (National Security Agency) and the British intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) hacked into, decrypted, and tracked live video feeds of Israeli Military Drones and Fighter Jets.
This could be one of the most shocking and embarrassing disclosures for Israel, who is the United States’ ally and prides itself on its technical capabilities.
Published by The Intercept, the newly released documents from the former NSA contractorEdward Snowden revealed that in an operation dubbed “Anarchist,” UK and US intelligence officials have been…
…regularly accessing Israeli drone cameras, allowing them to watch live video feeds from drones and fighter jets while Israel bombed Gaza and spied on Syria.
But, how the intelligence officials were able to do so.
How did the Intelligence Agencies Hack into Israeli Drones?
These Surveillance tools are capable of intercepting analog video feeds from Israeli and Syrian drones.
With the help of some open-source software like Image Magick and AntiSky, agencies were able to decrypt and convert scrambled data from remotely piloted aircraft in order to track the movement of drones.
The report includes several snapshots of Israeli drones collected in 2009 and 2010 that clearly indicates that Israel has drones with missiles and attack capabilities, which Israel doesn’t publicly acknowledge.
One snapshot revealed by The Intercept shows an Israeli IAI Heron Drone — a high-altitude strike drone with 350 kilometers range that is capable of carrying a weapon of a 1-ton load and staying aloft for more than 40 hours.
Despite these leaked images offer the first direct public evidence that Israel flies attack drones, they provide rare visual evidence to support reports that aren’t clear enough to conclude anything right now.
For in-depth information, you can read the detailed report here.