[hackmeeting] Fwd: Hacker watches Nato spy pictures
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> Hacker watches Nato spy pictures
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> Hacker watches Nato spy pictures
> By Mark Urban
> Newsnight's Diplomatic Editor
> Nato surveillance flights in the Balkans are beaming their pictures over an
> insecure satellite link - and anyone can tune in and watch their operations
> The discovery was made last November by John Locker, a satellite enthusiast
> in north west England.
> John Locker tried to alert the US military
> He told Newsnight that he spent months e-mailing and faxing US and other
> Allied military officers to warn them of the dangers before finally deciding
> to go public.
> Our investigation produced responses from Nato and American spokesmen that
> the pictures were unclassified. They said they would reveal nothing of value
> to a potential enemy.
> One officer even told me that the broadcasts contained no information about
> the position or types of aircraft conducting the surveillance missions.
> Watch and learn
> Having reviewed many hours of pictures from recent operations, I can say
> this is quite wrong.
> The images contain a wealth of information
> The symbols around the edge of the pictures show the aircrafts' position,
> altitude and heading. Omitting this information would make the broadcasts
> useless to Nato intelligence analysts.
> What's more, regular watching of the satellite channels allows you to learn
> much about the technical capabilities of sophisticated spy planes like the
> P-3 Orion and unmanned drones such as the Hunter.
> During broadcasts by these aircraft, the letters 'P-3' or 'Hunt' are
> helpfully included on the bottom of the picture.
> I have seen some of these aircraft operating during my reporting from Balkan
> trouble spots, and would have assumed that the presence of aerial
> surveillance was usually revealed by the sound of an aircraft or drone
> Reviewing the Nato footage, it is apparent though that planes like the P-3
> can track a target from up to 20 miles away, through cloud, at night.
> Why is this secret trap door open ? Since official spokesmen will not even
> concede there is a problem, it is hard to get them to discuss how it might
> have occurred.
> New priority
> Instead contacts suggest that the timing of the unencrypted pictures' first
> appearance, 11 November 2001 is significant.
> America's response to the 11th September terrorist attacks was gearing up,
> and surveillance of Afghanistan began soaking up all the available military
> secure satellite channels.
> The US military have not introduced encoding even of the type used by
> commercial broadcasters
> Shunting the Balkan operations onto an insecure transmission was a matter of
> priorities, say analysts. The problem is, that doing so endangers a whole
> host of Nato operations ranging from hunting for Radovan Karadzic to
> stopping Albanian guerrillas infiltrating into Macedonia.
> It is surprising though that in all the months since John Locker started
> warning people that the signals could be pulled down by anyone using amateur
> equipment, the US military have not introduced encoding even of the type
> used by commercial broadcasters.
> The military procurement bureaucracy apparently cannot come up with a set
> top decoding box quickly enough.
> Who might be watching these transmissions, apart from retirees like Mr
> Locker ? Last month Nato raided two Bosnian Serb military installations,
> saying they were eavesdropping of the alliance's signals.
> Those able to monitor the transmissions around the clock - like a military
> intelligence department or guerrilla group - will learn much from them.
> At the very least the broadcasts allow a Karadzic or a smuggler to check
> before they step outside their front door whether any Nato surveillance
> aircraft are in the sky and what they are doing.
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