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Drone hacked by students!

There is flaw in the drone technology. A research team comprising of students from the University of Texas has proofed it.

Everybody know that drones, or, the unmanned aerial vehicles are used in combat zones by America. Google search is full of news mentioning use of drones in Afganistan, Pakistan.

A team from the University of Texas at Austin’s Radionavigation Lab this week demonstrated the potential weakenesses of such systems by hacking a domestic UAV using “spoofing” tech that cost less than $1,000 to build.

Led by Professor Todd Humphreys, the team of researchers and students took control of the drone by “spoofing” its GPS system into believing that their team was supposed to be in charge of it, effectively hijacking the witless machine from the ground. They didn’t block control signals or anything; they just used their $1000-worth of radio gadgetry to fool the drone into recognizing them as its true masters. With this system in place, they were able to take complete control of the drone.

Speaking to Fox News, team leader Humphreys laid out his concerns. “What if you could take down one of these drones delivering FedEx packages and use that as your missile? That’s the same mentality the 9-11 attackers had,” he said. “In 5 or 10 years you have 30,000 drones in [U.S.] airspace…Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Homeland Security (DoHS) are interested in this spoofing development, with representatives from both agencies having reportedly invited the Austin team to repeat their trick under supervision. While the DoHS has been working on two anti-jamming systems in preparation for the advent of domestic drones, the department is apparently unprepared to deal with spoofing attacks at this moment in time.

(source: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/118209-Students-Hack-Unmanned-Drone)

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