Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Report: German Patriot missiles in Turkey at Syrian border given ‘foreign’ commands.
Report: German Patriot missiles in Turkey at Syrian border given ‘foreign’ commands. (TOI).
A patriot missile defense battery operated by Germany on the Syrian-Turkish border received “unexplained commands” from a “foreign source,” sparking fears it has been hacked, German monthly Behördenspiegel reported Tuesday.
It was unclear who or what sent the commands, and the report did not elaborate on what effect this had on the missiles.
Stationed under the NATO pact, the German missiles are located along NATO member Turkey’s porous border with Syria.
If true, the possibility that Patriot missiles are vulnerable to cyber attacks is cause for concern in Israel, which actively operates the US-manufactured battery — although the military plans to gradually scale back use of the Patriot in favor of the Israeli-made David’s Sling missile defense system, set to become operational this year.
A conceivable cyber attack on such a battery would likely be for one of two purposes: either to remotely commandeer the battery to launch attacks, or to steal sensitive intelligence information about the system. Hmmmm.......Iran has never been too happy about the patriot batteries in Turkey.Read the full story here. HT and source: