Hacker Caught Selling Maintenance Manuals for Military Drones

DefenseOne.com reports: “Until last week, you could have purchased one of the U.S. military’s training manuals for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, along with a maintenance manual for the Abrams tank, a guide to defeating IEDs, and other sensitive materials, thanks to a hacker who put the stolen materials up for sale online.

The theft and attempted sale were brought to light by cybersecurity and threat intelligence group Recorded Future, which published a report about the incident and is working with law enforcement personnel on it…

‘While such course books are not classified materials on their own, in unfriendly hands, they could provide an adversary the ability to assess technical capabilities and weaknesses in one of the most technologically advanced aircrafts,’ notes Recorded Future’s report on the incident. Such materials are covered by trade restrictions. Their distribution is limited to military personnel and contractors…”

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