New research claims that a criminal hacker tried to sell files on the U.S. military’s MQ-9 Reaper drones on the dark web. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, made by General Atomics and used by the Air Force and Navy and by Homeland Security to monitor the U.S. border.
The unidentified hacker harvested the documents from a U.S. Air Force captain’s computer by exploiting a widely known security vulnerability in Netgear routers, according to research by threat intelligence firm Recorded Future.
While the documents themselves were not classified, the researchers described them as “highly sensitive” in nature and said they “could provide an adversary the ability to assess technical capabilities and weaknesses in one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts.”
Read more at The Hill.