Cyber Warfare? Air Force Kept Silent on Possible Russian Attack Against “Secret Drone Support Network”
Officially, they aren’t admitting anything.
Unofficially, the possibility that Russia or some independent hacking group caused the failure is clear to most observers, and a great worry to the military leaders and politicians running the system.
It wasn’t just some glitch, and it wasn’t an insignificant system that went offline.
The DoD’s secret computer network, SIPRNet, which serves as a support network for classified intelligence on drone targets, as well as target location data, was interrupted. And during the time period when the system interference occurred, a number of drone strikes went wrong.
The problem was only noticed after-the-fact, but was later attributed as a possible source of the operational failures throughout the Middle East region – including Syria. But nothing is proven.
The US Air Force is reportedly looking into a computer system outage at a base it uses to operate armed drones over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The failure could be linked to a number of fatal battlefield incidents days after it was revealed.
However, the Air Force has kept silent, refusing to publicly elaborate on either the outage or the possible impact it had.
The system failure dates back to September 9, but was only discovered nearly a month later from a contractor notice from the government.
The Air Force posted a bid on FedBizOpps, the government’s primary tender market, on October 7, saying that “the SIPRNet system currently in operation at Creech AFB failed and critical services were impacted.”
SIPRNet stands for the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, a “hidden” intranet that lets the Department of Defense exchange classified information, intelligence, data on strategic targets and more.
The network is essential
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