Anonymous hackers have defaced the home page of Alpha Unmanned Systems, a company based in Spain which claims to be:
experts in designing simple and portable Flight Control Systems. The company is based on over 25 years of combined experience in the field of aircraft control systems. UAV Navigation designs and manufactures the most advanced Flight Control Systems (FCS) for UAV and General Aviation on the market.
At the time of this writing the front page displayed the following message:
ALL THE DRONES TANGO DOWN!!!
This is just another covert corporation funded by the CIA.
And just as uavnavigation.com you have been hacked. Manual remote control of the UAVs plus the video
transmission, both without a proper encryption? Are you serious? Guess some border patrols and law
enforcement fags will soon miss some drones…LULZ, YOUR LEVEL OF FAILURE IS OVER 9000!!!
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!
STOP THE TORTURING AND KILLING of peaceful people in Syria and Bahrain!!!
STOP ATTACKING peaceful “occupy” protesters in USA, Canada, Germany, and all over the world!!!
CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY!!!
And for god’s sake, stop that Orwellian INDECT bullshit NOW!!!
Guys like you are nothing but tools of the terrorists of this world.
Terrorists like Bashar al-Assad (regime of Syria), Barack Obama (regime of USA) and King Hamad (regime of Bahrain).
And once more, for god’s sake:
FREE BRADLEY MANNING, finally!!!
We are Anonymous,
we are legion,
we do not forgive,
we do not forget,
you should have expected us!
The final taunting paragraph will probably get some IT guys in trouble and cause some massive havoc:
Oh…Your password for the admin panel was not safe, so we allowed ourselves to change it.
The other files from this server were wiped, so feel free to restore the backup from the NAS,
it may or may not contain a trojan… FOR THE LULZ!!! Power to the people! Hack the planet!
The Anonymous hackers’ reason for taking over the site, as explained in the video posted on Alpha Unmanned Systems’ home page is:
Since 2009, the EU has been subsidizing the INDECT project with millions of Euros.
Even though several media outlets have already reported about this networked surveillance technology, only few EU citizens know what it is supposed to be.
The application of INDECT aims to analyze conspicuous behavior to prevent crimes, in virtual life as well as in real life, before they actually happen. Not only does this sound crazy, it is cutting deeply into our basic right to privacy, because those cameras will be able to replicate scanned personal biometrical features with existing digital files about persons in databases such as social networks. Hence, every person could be retraced and supervised, anybody who says or does anything “abnormal” or anything which the system considers to be “threatening” both on the internet and in real life, is potentially suspicious….
INDECT is a European Union project which:
aims at developing tools for enhancing the security of citizens and protecting the confidentiality of recorded and stored information as well as the privacy of involved persons. INDECT targets threat detection in both real environments (intelligent cameras) and virtual environments (computer networks, especially Internet).
The five-year project began in 2009, at which time the Telegraph UK, which deemed the project “Orwellian,” reported that the project received £10 million in funding from the European Union and that the EU had already increased the crime fighting budgets 13.5% to £900 million. The newspaper further reported:
The European Commission is calling for a “common culture” of law enforcement to be developed across the EU and for a third of police officers – more than 50,000 in the UK alone – to be given training in European affairs within the next five years.
According to the Open Europe think tank, the increased emphasis on co-operation and sharing intelligence means that European police forces are likely to gain access to sensitive information held by UK police, including the British DNA database. It also expects the number of UK citizens extradited under the controversial European Arrest Warrant to triple.
Stephen Booth, an Open Europe analyst who has helped compile a dossier on the European justice agenda, said these developments and projects such as Indect sounded “Orwellian” and raised serious questions about individual liberty.
“This is all pretty scary stuff in my book. These projects would involve a huge invasion of privacy and citizens need to ask themselves whether the EU should be spending their taxes on them,” he said.
“The EU lacks sufficient checks and balances and there is no evidence that anyone has ever asked ‘is this actually in the best interests of our citizens?’”
On May 16, UAVnavigation, another Spanish company specializing in unmanned air vehicles, was hit by Anonymous. UAV Navigation produces one of two flight control systems capable of handling unmanned helicopters. A Google search shows that UAV Navigation’s main site is still down and Twitter has Anonymous taking credit.
The Spanish company UAV Navigation is positioned at the highest level of this competitive field, thanks to its systems for both unmanned aircraft and helicopters. In fact, because of the complexity of the latter, there are only two flight control systems in the world capable of handling them. And the system from UAV Navigation is one of them…
The company has created the unit UAV Navigation Inc in the United States and recently opened an office in Manassas, Virginia, in order to increase its penetration in the North American market.
Here’s a partial screenshot of Alpha Unmanned Systems’ home page as of this writing: