Iran Releases Footage From Hacked US Drone

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Back in December 2011 the US government first lied, then grudgingly had to admit that Iran had seized one of its RQ-170 Sentinel drones, which crash-landed in the middle of the country, after Iran released a video showing its scientists attempting to reverse engineer the contents of the drone. Naturally, the US politely asked for its drone back, and just as naturally, Iran politely refused to comply. So what was Iran doing in the intervening 14 months? Hacking the drone of course, which it finally succeeded last night when it released a short clip of what it had supposedly extracted from the remains of the Sentinel. The full clip is below, and while it does not provide any incremental informational benefits to Iran, or any further humiliation to whoever created the US drone fleet without a self-destruct option, it certainly will boost Iranian morale on the ground for hacking the Great Satan.

More from Telegraph:

The video aired late on Wednesday on Iranian TV shows an aerial view of an airport and a city, said to be a US drone base and Kandahar, Afghanistan. The TV also showed images purported to be the Sentinel landing at a base in eastern Iran but it was unclear if that footage meant to depict the moment of the drone's seizure.


In addition, the TV also showed images of an Iranian helicopter transporting the drone, as well as its disassembled parts being carried on a trailer.


In another part of the video, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that only after capturing the drone, Iran realised it "belongs to the CIA."


"We were able to definitively access the data of the drone, once we brought it down," said Gen Hajizadeh.


He described the Sentinel's capture as a huge scoop for Iran, saying that at the time, Tehran did not rule out a possible punitive US air strike over the drone.

We for one can't wait the algo buying explosion on expectations of the global GDP boost that would result from a US attack to finally reclaim its property and avoid such additional embarrassment in the future.

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:30 | 3223364 SilverIsKing
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I can't wait to watch Channel 7 Eyewitness News tonight @ 6pm to get the full scoop.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:36 | 3223372 hedgeless_horseman
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...further humiliation to who[m]ever created the US drone fleet without a self-destruct option...

A self-destruct option easily becomes a destruct option.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:49 | 3223431 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Maybe it was a Trojan Drone, carrying the newest variant of the Stuxnet virus?  I like the Trojan Rabbit better though...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223451 redpill
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Congratulations Iran, you masterful hackers now get to watch video....







....of your own buildings and shit.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:01 | 3223469 SAT 800
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Yeah; big whoopie. "wow this place looks like shit from airborne video"; what, you can't say that; execute that man tomorrow at dawn. Great place. They hang 16 year old girls in public for allegedly cuddling with a guy. The sooner they go down, the better.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:04 | 3223480 Manthong
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“Trojan Drone, carrying the newest variant of the Stuxnet virus”

Oo.. I like that idea, but I am not so sure  the current crew is that smart.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:15 | 3223518 redpill
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Does this tea taste like Polonium-210 to you?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:33 | 3223592 TerminalDebt
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The MIC let one go un-encrypted and un-destructed to stir shit up and stop congress from cutting defense spending. 

Interesting how this happens just before debate on sequester starts.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:41 | 3223620 TruthInSunshine
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SAT 800 is the newest version M-I-C PSYOP social media tool, known as Sock Puppet v2.0, informally.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:43 | 3223622 redpill
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lol yep.  I have a hard time believing this wasn't part of the game plan.  Then again, I've learned to never underestimate the frequent incompetance of the federal government.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223695 TheGardener
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Get real on toy technology projecting America`s might.

Drones is pure amateur porn kind stuff sold to the DoF as if it were the real thing. Anyone could make or steer them, kind of self-defying technology . Or just take command
of your god given airspace, launch your own or better make yours take them down. Not joking, it is you or them, and the
beauty is, this works your way, declare your region off and take `em down. Engage as long as they employ play things too..

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:03 | 3223701 NotApplicable
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Meanwhile, it benefits them either way.

I wouldn't ever refer to their actions as incompetence, though, as they are only incompetent in regards to the facade of legitimate governance. From an organized crime perspective however, "failures" create the cover known as plausible deniability.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:32 | 3224390 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You guys give the three letter agencies too much credit....

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:39 | 3223616 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Looks like the "current crew" doesn't take kindly to your disrespect, LOL.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:44 | 3223858 Bankrupt from B...
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Do not believe everything you see in the US media.  Not so long ago that the US was executing people for crimes committed when they were 16 or 17.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:15 | 3223950 trav777
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uh; they hanged these teenage girls in public, on tv, dude.  The regime there needs to fall, period, end of story.

The US executed murderers for murdering in heinous fashion when 16.  So what?  Savages called "youths" frequently mob up and attack, rob, rape, and kill humans...why shouldn't they be executed before they might reproduce?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:46 | 3224415 jimmytorpedo
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Are we all forgetting that drones are remote control murder weapons?

And then when we look at the 17 year old punk gamer flying it he says,

"it wasn't me"

It was the drone that killed the three children collecting dung for their mothers cooking fire.

Does the regime here need to fall too Trav?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:31 | 3224018 caconhma
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Yes, the present Iranian regime is barbarian and medieval but the hate for the Zionist Banking Oligarchy is much stronger. After all, they both hate and intend to destroy our Western civilization and ruin our lives.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 | 3224237 Jack Burton
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SAT 800 says "The sooner they go down the better". I am interested in whether you will be taking part in the take down? Also, how many should we kill in order to bring them into line with US foreign policy? 100K?  Or like Iraq, and untold number but easily north of 100K.  Playing god now seems to be an unquestioned right of a group of American exceptionalists.  My only desire is that all those calling for war and mass killing should get out there and lead the charge, armchair warrior is way too common of an American trait at this point.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:26 | 3225029 MeelionDollerBogus
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And in America ‘they’ execute blacks for having no ticket money (Oscar Grant) or let them “kill themselves” shot to the head while handcuffed with no gun after being searched in a police car, again it looks like for being black.

Ya, I can see a huge difference between Iran & USSA.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:05 | 3224326 giggler123
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That's because it's fake, attached the video head and capture some video of them carrying it around their bunks and say to the world, look what we got off the encrypyted hard driive

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:11 | 3224471 RafterManFMJ
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I agree Redpill! How I hate those MOTHERFUCKING PERSIANS!! Haven't invaded another country in 200 years, cannot manufacture pew pew pew buzz pow weapons that allow chubby zit faced operators to blow children up from 10K miles away! What a perverse, talentless race of trash. Man, I can't wait till we give those fucks what they got commin'! WERE GOING TO KILL AS MANY OF YOU MOTHERFUCKING IRANIANS AS WE CAN, YOU WORTHLESS SAVAGES! 


or something.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:06 | 3223488 Joe Davola
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Hopefully they didn't download and open that file UpBurqa.mp4.exe

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:37 | 3223609 Beam Me Up Scotty
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It would be better if they opened it up and the speakers started screaming,"YOU'RE WATCHING GAY PORN!!!  YOU'RE WATCHING GAY PORN!!!"

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:42 | 3223846 Theosebes Goodfellow
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Tewchnically it would be "??? ????? ?????? ???????? ???? ?????", (you are watching homosexual pornography in Arabic), but yeah, that would be hilarious.


(Apparently ZH doesn't translate Arabic well.)

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:39 | 3223618 redpill
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What's with all the down arrows, I thought that was rather clever.  Do we have a butthurt muzzie contingent on ZH these days?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:42 | 3223629 Beam Me Up Scotty
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It must be the Ministry of Propaganda, trying to inject misinformation into the comment section.  Trying to make you feel like you must be wrongthinking when everyone else is arrowing in a different direction than you would like to.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:17 | 3223957 trav777
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wow your conformance instinct is wonder you people are so fked up

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:42 | 3223631 Zap Powerz
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There certainly does seem to be a few people lately that will junk everyone and everything regardless of what is posted.  I wonder how that is working out for them?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:05 | 3223713 NotApplicable
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Dunno. But I junked you for the lulz. :-P

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:20 | 3223771 SAT 800
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LOL. thanks for the laugh. I was getting way too serious. strong expresso this morning; goes to my head.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:22 | 3224197 Doomer
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Expresso ... is that faster than espresso?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:30 | 3223811 Joe Davola
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Likewise - nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:19 | 3223966 trav777
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you actually NOTICE the arrows next to what you write?

I cannot fathom ever CARING about it.  The more I experience ordinary humans, the more I realize that we are barely part of the same species.

You people were MADE to shear and MADE to herd.  You almost can't resist.  You require approval from people you don't even know, even a virtual herd giving you virtual disapproval in the form of red arrows on a webpage is enough to get you to stfu and toe a line with the rest of the herd.

A little virtual sheepdog red arrowed you...bwahahahaha.  How pathetic.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:33 | 3224394 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Don't junk me bro.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:17 | 3223529 SmittyinLA
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I think that's why that Chinese embassy was bombed in Belgrade a few years ago (the chicoms took the bait not the Serbs) 

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223693 eatapeach
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A red herring for sure.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:55 | 3224566 AGuy
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Perhaps your on to something. What if the Drone is still under control of the CIA. Interesting way to get a peak at the Iranian Military behind closed doors. Make Iran believe they have control, when its really just being used to spy on them.


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:51 | 3223436 Doomer
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And an act of war.  But we Americans love war.  Just can't get enough of 'em.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223454 redpill
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It's just some kinetic military activity.  Are you some kind of terrorist?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:07 | 3223489 Doomer
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Haha, no; more like one of the terrorized, by my own government.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:41 | 3223625 redpill
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If drones blot out the sky, the r3volution will continue in the shade!

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223696 Transformer
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I love science fiction movies.  Never thought I'd actually get to live in  one.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223455 SAT 800
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Wrong. It's not an act of war. killing the US consul in Algeria was an act of war; if you really have to, look it up. But Mrs. Clinton apologized for the video that upset the medieval cultists.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:05 | 3223484 Doomer
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Guess my Google-Fu is not up to snuff.  Care to provide a link?

And yes, blowing something up on another country's territory is an act of war.  If you really have to, look it up.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:12 | 3223507 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ SAT 800

Libya, no?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:53 | 3223662 SAT 800
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Libya; yes; sorry.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:11 | 3223736 redpill
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You better be sorry, the ZH comment section won't tolerate people getting the various shitholes of the world mixed up.


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:03 | 3223703 SAT 800
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It didn't "blow up" it landed. violating air space without a flight plan is usually shined on now-a-days. murdering personnel in the Consulate is not.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:21 | 3223970 trav777
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how are the two related in any way?

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