The MQ-9 Reaper drone waits in a hangar at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Documents that could give an enemy clues into the potential weaknesses of the Pentagon's MQ-9 Reaper drone purportedly have been up for sale on the Internet, a cybersecurity research firm says, amid concerns about whether the U.S. military is doing enough to protect its data. The Recorded Future firm said an unidentified hacker last month was trying to sell the documents for as little as $150 after allegedly stealing them from the computer of an Air Force captain stationed at a base in Nevada. "I've been personally researching [the] dark web for 15 years, and I have never seen anything like this," Andrei Barysevich, a senior threat researcher at the company, told the Wall Street Journal. The revelation comes after military officials said in June that the Department of Defense inspector general was probing a separate security breach.
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future recently released a report about one of its more interesting findings. While scouring the hacker forums on the dark web, the firm's analysts discovered someone selling MQ-9 Reaper drone documents -- maintenance books, training guides, and a list of airmen assigned to the military drone. The hacker was looking for $150-200 for the documentation. SEE ALSO: Hackers steal $23.5 million from cryptocurrency exchange Bancor That may seem a strangely low asking price, and according to Andrei Barysevich, a Recorded Future analyst, it is. The hacker was advertising the documents as classified information, but while they are only made available to military and its contractors, they aren't classified.
Manuals on Reaper drones and details on how to defeat improvised explosive devices were leaked and it appears military personnel were hacked, according to cybersecurity researchers. The dark web drug trade might have depleted in recent months, but all manner of other black market trades continue to thrive in the underbelly of the internet. On Wednesday, researchers at cybercrime tracker Recorded Future reported that a hacker was trying to flog documents about the Reaper drone used across federal government agencies for between $150 and $200. It appeared they'd successfully hacked into at least two computers belonging to U.S. military personnel and the theft could have a significant impact on American campaigns abroad, Recorded Future warned. The company spoke directly with the hacker, learning the documents had been obtained by using a previously-disclosed vulnerability in Netgear routers.
An unidentified hacker has allegedly been trying to sell stolen U.S. military documents on the dark web. The shocking revelation was made by cyber-security firm Recorded Future, who came across the hacker's loot, on Tuesday. The stolen files include documents on the MG-9 Reaper drone, remote-operated aircraft that are used in strikes and spy missions. Cyber-security firm Recorded Future revealed Tuesday that an unidentified hacker has been trying to sell stolen military documents on the dark web. While the files, which included maintenance course books and a list of airmen assigned to the drone, were not classified, Recorded Future says that they contain information that can be used by enemies to assess weaknesses with the drone.
Last month, while tracking dark web marketplaces, threat intel team Insikt Group of the security firm Recorded Future discovered that someone was selling alleged US military documents. A hacker was asking for "$150 to $200" for non-classified yet sensitive materials on the US Air Force's Reaper drone, and posted an additional bundle of information on US Army vehicles and tactics for sale. According to Insikt's report, the team verified the documents after contacting the hacker. They learned that the intruder used an FTP vulnerability in Netgear routers that's been known for two years to break into a computer at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. The hacker took documents about the MQ-9 Reaper drone, including maintenance course books and a list of airmen assigned to fly it.