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Developer(s) SkySoftware incl. Andrew Solonikov
Stable release
2.9.3 / March 5, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-03-05)
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Available in English & Russian
Type Computer surveillance/Packet analyzer
License Shareware

SkyGrabber is a software from the Russian company SkySoftware which accepts input from a digital satellite tuner card for hard drive recording.

It was used by Iraqi insurgents from the group Kata'ib Hezbollah to intercept MQ-1 Predator drone video feeds, which were not encrypted.[1][2] The encryption for the feeds was removed for performance reasons.[3]

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  1. ^ Cole, Siobhan Gorman, Yochi J. Dreazen and August. "Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Iraq rebels 'hack into US drones'". BBC. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Iraqi insurgents hacked Predator drone feeds, U.S. official indicates -". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 

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