posted on Jun, 29 2012 @ 10:46 AM
This comes from the BBC today:
American researchers took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system - acting on a $1,000 (£640) dare from the US Department of
Homeland Security (DHS).
A University of Texas at Austin team used "spoofing" - a technique where the drone mistakes the signal from hackers for the one sent from GPS
The same method may have been used to bring down a US drone in Iran in 2011.
Analysts say that the demo shows the potential danger of using drones.
Drones are unmanned aircraft, often controlled from a hub located thousands of kilometres away.
This is a very interesting story, and a great way for the DHS to test the susceptibility of drones to hacking.
This raises big concerns for me about the use of drones in modern warfare. I know that some drones these days are used for suveillance, and some can
be fitted with warheads. Furthermore, now that this story has come out, will it give ideas to 'enemy' governments? If I were running Iran right now, I
would get my scientists onto this pronto, so that they can intercept Israeli drones (if they have not done so already, as the news snippet suggests
Do you think it is possible to create a completely 'hack-proof' drone? If not, then should we discontinue their use?
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