Iran Brags It's Cracking U.S. Spy Drone, Sen. Lieberman Calls Claim "Bluster"
April 23, 2012 2:25 PM
Middle Eastern power hopes to use capture U.S. stealth drone to further its own UAV ambitions
It remains one of the highest profile embarrassments of the U.S. Armed Forces and Intelligence community in recent years: the
loss of the RQ-170 spy drone
to the Iranian army.
I. Iran Claims to Have Cracked Drone's Encrypted Data Files
While the U.S. still claims that it was a technical malfunction that downed the drone, many defense experts were swayed by Iran's
of how it jammed U.S. control signals and duped the drone into think it was performing a landing in a similar altitude home base.
The daring kidnapping sent the U.S. backpedalling after initially claiming the incident
could be a hoax
. The Iranian black op drew criticism from U.S. President Obama, who
demanded the drone back
. Iran agreed to return
, but then
mockingly offered to give the POTUS a pink toy drone
, versus the captured flyer.
Now Iran is vocalizing once more, claiming it's cracking into the flyer's encrypted software.
States Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division on state-run television (as
The Defense News
), "I am giving you four codes so the Americans understand just how far we have gone in penetrating the drone’s secrets. In October 2010, the aircraft was sent to California for some technical issues, where it was repaired and, after flight tests, it was taken to Kandahar (in Afghanistan) in November 2010, when a series of technical problems still prevailed. In December 2010, it was sent to an airport near Los Angeles for repair of its equipment and sensors, and flight tests. The drone was then sent back to Kandahar."
Iran has refused President Obama's demands that it return the drone.
[Image Source: Matt Ortega/Flickr]
The comments indicate that the Iranians may have gained access to the flyer's encrypted flight logs. While that wouldn't necessarily be as damaging as if they gained access to the core control logic, it raises the question of how many secrets they'll be able to extract from the captured U.S. air-bot.
Iran is working to copy the downed drone and crack its data, logic files.[Image Source: Reuters]
II. Senior Senator Lieberman Blows Off Claims
Iran's claims have been
countered by Leon Panetta
, although he has not formally denied that Iran cracked the flyer's logs.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman
(I-Conn.), head of the
Senate Homeland Security Committee
, was also quick to mock the comments as "Iranian bluster", remarking, "There is some history here of Iranian bluster, particularly now when they’re on the defensive because of our economic sanctions against them."
Sen. Joe Lieberman called the claims "Iranian bluster" [Image Source: Salon.com]
The loss of the drone is a sore subject, particularly amid Iran's claims that it will produce copies of the drone. Gen. Hajizadeh brags, "This aircraft is a national treasure for us, and I cannot divulge [more details] about it. [But we will] started producing a copy of the RQ-170 drone."
Iran has been
working on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
for several years now, according to U.S. intelligence.
The edge the captured design could give it is a big headache to the U.S. as reportedly the stealth technology in the drone -- which was captured on a special
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
mission -- is similar to that used in American stealth fighters and bombers. Amid Iran's
suspected nuclear ambitions
, there's much concern about how far the nation could get technologically.
The Middle Eastern giant may be relatively hostile to the west, but it's also a fast developing technology power. While it's struggled with economic challenges in recent years, it produces over a million cars a year -- the most of any Middle Eastern nation. Aside from being the region's manufacturing capital, Iran also publishes more peer-reviewed research yearly than any other nation in the Middle East. In short, Iran may be a hostile power and be a bit behind the U.S. on the tech curve, but they're by no means clueless.
Iran has been gunning for UAVs for years now. [Image Source: Iranian state television]
It should be interesting to see who's right -- Gen. Hajizadeh or Sen. Lieberman.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
Iran Mocks U.S. With Toy Version of Downed Spy Drone, Reserves Pink One for Obama
January 17, 2012, 11:27 PM
Iran: Yes, We Hacked the U.S.'s Drone, and Here's How We Did It
December 15, 2011, 7:00 PM
U.S. to Iran: Give Us Back Our Drone
December 13, 2011, 8:26 AM
Quick Note: Iran Shows Off Images of Downed Stealth Drone on State TV
December 8, 2011, 12:58 PM
Pentagon/Analysts Believe RQ-170 Stealth Drone Malfunctioned, Wasn't Shot Down by Iran
December 7, 2011, 12:33 PM
PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software
November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM
One more time - Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Around the World
November 24, 2016, 4:00 AM
Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016
November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM
Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection
November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM
UTHealth Clinical Trial Shows Progress Using Stem Cells to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury
November 8, 2016, 1:00 AM
Uber Partners with Circulation to Pilot Program Connecting Transportation and Digital Health Care
November 6, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
What is the Apple’s iPhone 8 specifications and release date?
April 14, 2017, 5:43 AM
Meet the Smartphone with four cameras - Alcatel Flashphone
April 5, 2017, 11:20 AM
Vivo V5 Plus – the Selfie Softlight is on You.
April 17, 2017, 7:05 AM
Moto G4 Plus - Powerful Unlocked Convenience
April 12, 2017, 6:25 AM
Microsoft releases details of Project Scorpio console
April 7, 2017, 7:50 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sound Bars and the Costs?
Apr 23, 2017, 6:30 AM
Link your Brain to Your Computer – In Four Years…Maybe
Apr 22, 2017, 7:03 AM
Google Home can now identify users by their voice.
Apr 21, 2017, 7:15 AM
Amazon Lex – Now Available for Developers.
Apr 20, 2017, 6:58 AM
You can now use Instagram offline on your Android Smartphone
Apr 19, 2017, 8:00 AM
Now you can livestream to YouTube from your mobile device.
Apr 18, 2017, 8:05 AM
Google Home – Is It a Spy Device?
Apr 17, 2017, 7:30 AM
Apple added to self –driving test permit list
Apr 15, 2017, 6:21 AM
Project Scorpio – Coming on June 11
Apr 14, 2017, 6:20 AM
Looks Like Samsung Has Been Forgiven.
Apr 13, 2017, 6:50 AM
United Airlines - Blasted on China’s Social Network and the Stock Market
Apr 12, 2017, 6:50 AM
Amazon's Third-Party Sellers Hacked
Apr 11, 2017, 6:25 AM
Microsoft Surface Pro5 Details Revealed
Apr 9, 2017, 6:41 AM
Own An Android Phone? Then you could be hacked over Wi-FI
Apr 7, 2017, 6:47 AM
Apple confirms iOS 10.3 bug and its effect on iCloud Services
Apr 6, 2017, 6:30 AM
Apple Rolls Out New Version of Apple Music
Apr 5, 2017, 10:35 AM
Apple in the News
Apr 4, 2017, 9:03 AM
Apple iPhones Will Soon Feature Graphics Chips Designed BY Apple
Apr 3, 2017, 6:23 AM
AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors Performance
Apr 2, 2017, 6:30 AM
What makes a camera Lensless?
Apr 1, 2017, 7:45 AM
Google halts Android Wear 2.0 Update Due to Bug
Mar 31, 2017, 7:27 AM
Uber Technologies Inc Driverless Car hit by Human-driver
Mar 30, 2017, 8:00 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information