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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 satellites.
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.
Originally posted by seedofchucky
reply to post by chemistry
This is an excuse to use drones as weapons and blame it on a hacker.
what better way to send drones on missions , that happen to hit the wrong target , and kill someone ?
Then say it was the hackers that did it . They can get away with so many unsuspecting assasinations and just blame the hackers . Its a great tool .
Anything can be hacked , given enough time .