Iran claims it recovered secret data from US drone
What type of security information is at risk?
- Duration 4:50
- Date Apr 23, 2012
What type of security information is at risk?
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Authorities in Iran are investigating an apparent cyber attack could force -- to cut off the country's oil export network from the Internet.
-- -- state run media reports of virus at the computer system of its main oil facility.
As well as the -- Ronnie and oil ministry network.
You'll call back in 09 a computer worm dubbed stuff Smith hit many Iran in nuclear sites.
In an apparent attempt to sabotage the country's uranium enrichment activities.
Meanwhile Ronnie and officials claim they have cracked the codes for that one time super secret stealth drone the crashed in Iran last year.
Catherine Herridge -- this -- she's live in Washington Catherine Iran's leaders are making.
All kinds of claims here.
Well they are shepherd and good afternoon Fox News has just learned that the Iran -- are making overtures to the Chinese to give them access to the CIA drone.
Now this drone is an RQ 17.
And the drones coating which makes it invisible to radar.
Is a high priority technology for the Chinese who also got access to another piece of sensitive US stealth technology a year ago.
You remember after the bin Laden raid the -- -- gave the Chinese military access to the tale of the black hawk stealth helicopter.
Left behind by the Navy SEALs it broke off during that rating could not be destroyed and the Chinese -- samples from the tail and they took pictures.
Former intelligence official told fox that they believed.
That it was more likely Iran would try and break down the drone and give people access to the parts and that's the way they could really maximized what they captured -- But but there's word instead it what they've done is sort of reverse engineer the -- so from -- -- got it figured out how we did it.
Well that's the claim by the Iranians that we've head pretty significant push back from US officials I just a short time ago this afternoon.
The Defense Secretary Leon Panetta telling reporters that he believes that these claims by Iran to have reverse engineer the -- are simply ridiculous that they just don't have.
That capability -- Ron has also made claims that they've been able to track the flight history for the drone.
And a former intelligence official told me that that's really just low hanging fruit here but doesn't really require a lot of because all these drones have a black box like a -- so western to the black box you can find simple things like Catholic history.
Catherine -- in DC let's bring in -- bear now.
He's also former director strategy for the White House homeland Security Council and as the CEO of security consulting firm diligent innovations Mike nice to see you again thank you.
Thank you reverse engineered they say they know how it works how you feel about that.
Well I mean well.
Couple things here one obviously it's it's a tremendous propaganda coup for the Iranians to be able to talk about this the thing to understand is is really to essential pieces one is the body the form itself of the -- of the aircraft.
And then the other is the components that are inside -- the electronics the highly sophisticated optics and other sensors that we would be using.
So the downside negative is yes they might figure out what types of materials we use in the coatings.
There may be some some marginal loss in terms of some of our security and secret information there.
In terms of the interior stuff I think that -- -- exactly right.
That this -- very basic flight data that you can access but it you know that's not the encrypted stuff they could to -- is going to be much more complicated.
And even frankly probably the Chinese the Russians who are branch didn't get a look at this won't get a whole lot out of that because the -- that we protect that data out.
But but the loss of certain.
Types of things like how we -- it what -- about the teams we fly at some that kind of information.
You know I mean it's an unfortunate situation where we're gonna lose out on some about.
That's one piece in today's news -- on the the other is this this computer attack on on its oil industry.
They admit there's a cyber war going on that it would appear.
And and again I mean obviously this is just we're gonna keep seeing this ratcheting -- tensions between the -- US and Israel on one side and some of the rest the western powers.
And then -- Ron as they're trying to you know to pursue their nuclear program.
So you know that's actually -- course why the UAV was over there I mean as far as we know it was in western Afghanistan.
Not an area that's particularly relevant for.
-- -- and some of the long term future of Afghanistan we are actually flying out of there.
To keep -- on Iran and so you know that there's going to be a lot more of these types of interactions where.
They're attempting to use.
You know any weapon that they can against us they're gonna try to bring down our aircraft try to give us a black dot and of course we're also gonna.
Continue to be engaged in a variety of activities which may.
Create you know friction for their scientists make it more dangerous for them.
Dust -- -- -- computer viruses as well as the severe financial sanctions were finally imposing.
Mike -- live on Capitol Hill Mike thank you.