Suspected hackers issued ‘unexplainable commands’ to Germany's Patriot missile defense battery on the Syrian-Turkish border Tuesday.
German monthly Behördenspiegel reported Tuesday that attackers might have found vulnerable spots in the system. One of them may be the Sensor-Shooter-Interoperability (SSI) connecting the missile’s control system and the launcher and the second spot could be a computer chip responsible for guiding the missile.
The hackers could manage to break in the system either by taking control of the operating system or by stealing data from it. Taking control of the battery will remotely commandeer the sytem to launch attacks.
Germany's Defence Department said that it has no evidence of the hacking attack, whereas Former MI5 agent and whistleblower, Annie Machon said that usually the highly secure US weapons could contain backdoors.
Germany will replace its Patriot missiles with the Medium Extended Air Defense System used by the US and Italy as the former are known to have been compromised by patriotic or state actor hackers.
The German army deployed the missiles to guarantee the country’s security with regard to the Syrian crisis. Turkey requested NATO countries for military assistance in 2012.
The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is continuing its evaluation process of the SecuVOICE for BlackBerry 10 solution for potential use for NATO mobile voice and text communication following the solution being approved by the BSI for the NATO restricted security classification. The evaluation includes equipping a select group of NATO and NCI Agency employees with the solution
Germany has replaced its Patriot anti-aircraft missile system by the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by MBDA in a $4.5 billion ($4 billion Euro) deal on Monday
German defense ministry has reportedly made a decision to purchase Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by MBDA and Lockheed Martin as a successor to Raytheons Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, according to German Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The decision on Meads will mean the end of the Patriot missile system
Dell Secureworks has identified a Chinese hacking group targeting various websites belonging to high-profile targets that include defense manufacturers in the US and the UK. The Chinese hacking group identified as Emissary Panda also identified as Threat Group 3390 has set-up various global traps to siphon off data from the websites
Turkey eyeing to buy a batch of reconnaissance aircraft to augment its militarys fight against outlawed Kurdistan workers party (PKK) targets. “The recent incidents of violence and clashes [with the PKK] has both boosted and given pace to this requirement,” an unnamed defense procurement official was quoted as saying by Hurriyet news daily today
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