Dark web sells US military drone documents

Recorded Future has revealed that hackers are selling sensitive information on US military drones via the dark web.

According to the cybersecurity company, the stolen information details how to handle insurgents, training manuals for troops deployed outside the US, and maintenance guides for MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The researchers believe that the data was stolen from an Air Force captain’s computer in the US via a bug on the captain’s router.

The captain is said to have failed to update the device, leaving it vulnerable to hacking.

“While such course books are not classified materials on their own, in unfriendly hands, they could provide an adversary with the ability to assess technical capabilities and weaknesses in one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts,” Recorded Future’s report warns.

It was also found that the hackers often watch live footage shot by drones as well as have deep access to US military networks.

Written by Leah Alger