Feeds

Netezza pays to shut down CIA killer drone lawsuit

Faulty targeting row hushed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Netezza has settled a lawsuit in which it was accused of supplying inaccurate, illegally hacked software to the CIA's drone assassination programme.

The potentially explosive case was brought by Intelligent Integration Systems (IISi), a Boston-based software firm. It was seeking an injunction which could have forced the CIA to strip out targeting systems from its clandestine Predator programme.

The drones are used to kill terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Under the terms of settlement, Netezza, recently acquired by IBM, will own the versions of IISi's "Geospatial" software developed for its data warehousing kit. The payout has not been disclosed.

IISi will retain rights to develop the software for other platforms. It allows real time cross-referencing of geographic information with stored data. Court documents cited the example of matching live mobile phone location intelligence to an identity database.

Such targeting methods are known to be employed by CIA drone operators.

Netezza was accused of hacking an innaccurate version of Geospatial for the agency after IISi refused to meet a tight deadline to port it to new hardware.

"My reaction was one of stunned amazement that they want to kill people with my software that doesn't work," IISi's CTO Richard Zimmerman told the court.

Court documents suggested the CIA used the version of the software hacked by Netezza, despite knowing it produced coordinates inaccurate by up to 13 metres.

The full story is here. The settlement, which ends all litigation and bars any further disclosures, is effective from today. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.