DHS Drone Hacked by Univ Texas

Our GPS satellite system puts out two sets of signals; one for our military, which is encrypted and highly accurate, and another signal for civilian use, which is not encrypted and is less accurate. Most domestic drones are currently using the unencrypted civilian signal set, which leaves them vulnerable to fairly simple spoofing attacks. By sending the drone false GPS signals that are stronger than the signals it is receiving from the satellites, it can be redirected.

Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say – [foxnews.com]

A small surveillance drone flies over an Austin stadium, diligently following a series of GPS waypoints that have been programmed into its flight computer. By all appearances, the mission is routine.

Suddenly, the drone veers dramatically off course, careering eastward from its intended flight path. A few moments later, it is clear something is seriously wrong as the drone makes a hard right turn, streaking toward the south. Then, as if some phantom has given the drone a self-destruct order, it hurtles toward the ground. Just a few feet from certain catastrophe, a safety pilot with a radio control saves the drone from crashing into the field.

Drone hijacked by hackers from Texas college with $1,000 spoofer – [nakedsecurity.sophos.com]

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin hacked and hijacked a drone in front of the dismayed Department of Homeland Security officials who had dared them $1,000 to do it.

According to exclusive coverage of the event from Fox News, the researchers flew the small surveillance drone over the Austin stadium last Monday.

The drone followed a series of GPS waypoints programmed into its flight computer in what initially looked like a routine flight.

At one point, the drone veered off course from its intended flight path.


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