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.
Hmm ... so hijack a drone and turn it into a missile? Having these over our own territory could turn out to be a real problem!
did they hack the predator drone shown above...nope.
"the drone used in the U of T experiment was not a government drone, but a UAV owned by the university"
Hmm someone has been reading my posts. I posted that awhile back on an article when Iran got the RQ-70 drone.
Anyone who has worked with GPS satellites know it would be easy to do and bet the drone coders did not verify the source/signal.
@Vapur9, would you not consider the fact that our government is flying drones around spying on America citizens a problem already?
But as the article states this is most likely the path that Iran used to down and collect the military drone of ours that they have.
Military drones need to get updated.
just a small but important correction. the drone in iran did not crash. they captured it and landed it. Just a slight but critical correction.
For the future, perhaps, all USA borders will be patroled this way. These drones will have laser guided lighting attach to these these drones to stun a suspect for later capture. All the drones will be network driven from a NSA computer, which also monitors all USA communications of all kinds. Paper money will become extinct and we will all pay via some kind of digital bio media, implanted into our bodies. If no history of money or coin can be found, any paper money or coin will be destroyed, in an effort to stop illegal crime. The military draft will go into effect again and those in the military will have force medical and electronic computer communicational implants. Since all USA citizens will be successfully control and identified, a manditory vacination program will go into effect or you digial money will be stopped. The USA human race will be control, monitory, tagged and vacinated. People will be taught 2 languages in schools. They will be allowed to say either Moo or Baa, with the choice of being a cow or sheep.
Hijack means to do their wish. They didn't hijack it so stop saying that. The only caused the device to go to a fail mode when it could not depend on the gps quality. They were not able to direct the drone to a place of their choosing was one would use in the term hijack. They more or less "shot it down."
It does make me wonder why a simple laser gyro wasn't installed to prevent that? What were they thinking. The Germans already proved this in WW2. They were able to learn and defend against radio controlled bombs but overloading the planes' signal. Stupid Lockheed.
That drone that the Iranians got did not crash. It was guided to a pretty smooth landing. Anyway, I am not at all keen at drones flying over the country. I understand that they could be useful for surveys and some science work but as far as surveillance aka spying, nope. I am not ready, never will be, for the reality portrayed in the Terminator movies.
Real easy to commit false flag attacks on US soil now, ANY malfunction will be explained as a terrorist attack and the next phase of the NWO WILL be implemented. And Americans will welcome it with open arms and closed eyes.
hey, isn't this what happens in black ops 2?
one way to solve the GPS spoofing is to compare the GPS data with readings from a triple-redundant inertial navigation system. If it doesn't match (errors factored in of course), then the GPS is a fake, and the drone will simply ignore the GPS signal. just my 5 cents..
Just a stunt by DHS to get some extra funding by spreading fear and paranoia.
I really wish they'd give up more details. I know that would be telling some official stuff only given to military and government officials with a high G clearance.
They say, "spoofing GPS". Okay, gotcha!
is there not a pilot on the other end of this drone that can put it on manual? I find it difficult to believe the team actually took control if the drone, had full functionality, and were piloting the thing. Well, unless they happened to know in advance:
1) how to fly a drone. (it does take some practice I'd imagine)
2) broke encryption for full control. Obviously they use some type of RF signal (microwave signals, i think are mostly line-of-site) and probably TCP/IP to pass the video and other vital info, like airspeed, altitude etc. (TCP/IP is a DOD protocol and I hope they were not using IPX/SPX) I know AWACS was at one time using TCP/IP.
3) If they were god help us! Some of those drones have the capability do make a A10 Warthog envious with kaboom power.
BTW, our government has a private GPS network. If Iran was able to tamper with that, we're in a whole world of hurt. Last I heard ICBM's are pretty damn dependent on GPS.
*facepalm* when these things came out they were said to be un-hackable (yes I just invented a word [patent pending]) and anyone who said "that could be hacked" were lold at and it was thought that there would be encryption and security I see now that was a joke.
especially when a random guy could hack into a preditor and send a few rockets into a packed school buss. come on does it take a huge problem to get you to build some good anti hacking programing?