Much confusion, ambiguity and speculation is circulating the Internet about a mysterious spy plane that is allegedly now in the clutches of Iranian officials. On December 8, 2011, Iranian state-run TV revealed images of what appears to be a RQ-170 Sentinel drone, nicknamed the “Beast of Kandahar”. The photo released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which rapidly circulated the worldwide media, shows the drone to be almost completely intact in an undisclosed location in Iran. It is a craft that Tehran says its forces downed earlier this week. The fact that the drone appears to be unscathed and completely intact provokes two interesting yet worrying observations.
A few months ago, I lambasted the FBI for going after Wikipedia in what appeared to be an attempt to intimidate the website into removing the FBI logo from the site. I mentioned that the attempt to force Wikipedia to remove the image while thousands of other websites sported the same image reflected a gross lack of understanding within the agency of technology and the nature of the Internet. Well, this Thursday, April 14th, the BBC issued a report about the Feds that proved that theory wrong in a big way. Apparently, the FBI went on the offensive against Internet hackers that infect thousands of innocent user machines in a massive bot-net.