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A South America-based hacking crew stole an export-controlled U.S. Air Force manual for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle and tried to sell it for $150 — thanks to an unidentified Air Force captain who had the document sitting on his home network, stuck behind a default password.

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As the Taliban surges in its spring offensive, it is facing relentless strikes by hovering MQ-9 Reaper drones.

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A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft was shot down over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Oct. 2, U.S. officials confirmed on Oct. 2.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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The MQ-9 Reaper drone is already the deadliest UAV in the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal. Designed with a payload capacity of 3,700 pounds and armament of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 Paveway II bombs, it’s no wonder that Air Force officials announced in February that the Reaper would gradually come to replace the iconic MG-1 Predator drone as a fixture of the global war on terror.

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