Hacker Sells U.S. Military Documents on the Dark Web for $200

Recently, a hacker apparently sold U.S. military drone documents on the dark web for incredibly low prices. This only goes to show that the dark web is an issue which goes beyond the online drug trade.

The hacker sold the so-called reaper drone, which had been used by several federal government agencies, for between one-hundred and fifty and two hundred dollars. The man hacked into at least two computers owned by U.S. military personnel.

The hacker was able to infiltrate the networks through his awareness of a certain vulnerability in Netgear routers. He used the Shodan search engine to find vulnerabilities in several machines. He was then able to access a large number of documents.

The hacker managed to access a computer owned by a captain from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. This base utilizes Reaper drones for their operations.

According to a report from Recorded Future, the documents could be used “to assess technical capabilities and weaknesses in one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts.”

The accessed documents included instructions on how to defuse improvised explosive devices, and how to use an M1 Abrams tank. A researcher stated:

“The same docs on defeating IEDs could’ve been sold to terrorist groups around the world and now they’d be able to learn how to trick the U.S. Army and to learn what methods what they use.”

The same researcher expressed his concern over the fact that U.S. military personnel’s personal computers apparently have no special security to defend against hackers. He mentioned:

 “We know [entering the computer after the attacks] was super easy to accomplish. It begs another question if they were using personal computers to access sensitive military documents, well maybe this is a bigger problem.”

While the Secretary of Defense has refused to give insight on the military’s reaction to the attack, some have stated that the hacker has caused a major shakeup and that security will now become one of the military’s highest priorities.


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