A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND CEO -
Wikileaks has unveiled the most dangerous software stolen from the CIA ever to be revealed. The CIA malware tools under the codename PROTEGO are designed to disable US made missiles. The most stunning part of the release is not that the malware exists but that the CIA actually lost it.
Protego is a missile control system developed by Raytheon. The documents indicate that the system is installed on-board the fire control systems of US made aircraft, most likely F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter jets, equipped with missile launch systems (air-to-air and/or air-to-ground). The actual malware is enabled on the missiles prior to sale and allow them to be fired by using GPS and date parameters. If the missile is beyond the pre=programmed stale-date or outside of a programmed GPS box location - they are disabled permanently and cannot be fired.
The process utilizes separate micro-controller units that exchange data and signals over encrypted and authenticated channels. The missile is loaded with the GPS and date parameters along with an encryption key for a coded firing signal. If the missile detects it is outside of the CIA imposed limits, the onboard key and the coded firing signal are destroyed, rendering the missile inert. Missiles can only be launched if all the control parameters received from the on board control computer are good.
The list of missiles controlled by this malware is impressive. They include the top air to air missiles of the US military, the AIM-9 Sidewinder and the AIM-120 AMRAAM. In addition, the air to ground weapons under the malware control includes most of the guided strike ordinance fired by US aircraft such as the AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-88 HARM and AGM-154 Joint Stand-off missile.
US AIR TO GROUND MISSILES
AGM-88, AGM-45, AGM-65
It is possible that US aircraft may not have the limits in place but our allies who purchased US made systems - in the middle east, South Korea, Japan, Australia - may have it in place. Perhaps even NATO allies such as Turkey, Belgium, Norway. The CIA leak also might explain why Israel, South Korea, Japan and Turkey have developed their own missiles which do not rely on US systems. It also may explain why other allies such as Saudi Arabia have been reluctant to purchase US made equipment and in some cases, avoided it altogether.
However, Russia and China might have this information, and working copies of everything but the newest munitions. The CIA leak means that GPS jamming could make most of the US made arsenal non-viable in a combat area. This will not make US allies happy nor will it make US commanders feel more comfortable operating with allied aircraft.
The CIA leak of Protego is perhaps the worst case of poor information security ever. While developing the software is not something that is unexpected, the CIA losing the malware is both negligent and a disaster. The CIA was then under the command of Director Brennan at the time of this leak during the Obama administration. There is no question that the leak is symptomatic of the Obama administration and its complete inability to provide even a semblance of information security. The fact that he malware is out is outrageous and simply unacceptable.
On a somewhat lighter note - I would hate to be US Defense Secretary Mattis today - he is going to get some angry calls from allies on why their missiles are rigged.
WIKILEAKS LINK TO PROTEGO
CHARLES R. SMITH
CEO FOUNDER OF SOFTWAR INC.
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