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Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Govt Drone in Midair

Courtesy Colin Lecher, PopSci

Predator Drone US Air Force

The U.S. government, understandably, doesn’t want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples’ laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That’s even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks.

The University of Texas at Austin team successfully nabbed the drone on a dare from the Department of Homeland Security. They managed to do it through spoofing, a technique where a signal from hackers pretends to be the same as one sent to the drone’s GPS.

We’ve seen spoofing before; it was reportedly used to bring down the drone that crashed in Iran last year. As the researchers point out, we’ll be seeing (or maybe not seeing) more and more drones in the skies as the technology becomes more widely used, so making this technique ineffective will be high on Homeland Security’s priority list.

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One response

  1. I’m continually amazed at our government. Spoofing is a basic hack. Doesn’t this get flushed out in the testing??? Security seems to be the last thing on our minds.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

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