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Texas Researchers Hack Drones…

University of Texas at Austin did what many countries failed to do, they hijacked an American drone by spoofing its GPS signals.

The news comes as the United States Federal Aviation Authority prepares to integrate drones into the country’s national airspace system. It was actually mandated by FAA Re-authorization and Reform Act of 2012, Which was signed in to law by President Obama earlier this February.  The team, Lead by Todd Humphrey, an assistant professor and his team, infiltrated the GPS system of the drone by the help of a spoofer created only for 1000 bucks.

As the drone was relying on a GPS signal beamed to it by satellites, they sent a signal to the drone that matched the GPS signal it was receiving. Then it sent its own commands to the drone’s on-board computer. Drone was hijacked from about 1 kilometer distance. By 2015, we can expect thousands of these little planes to fly the Us Air Space for both law enforcement and business purposes. But their hacking has caused serious concerns on their safety and it is a wake-up call for U.S. Department of Defense. And they should take measures for the prevention of drone hacking by smart-ass kids or maybe even terrorists.

Photo Courtesy of an honorable german

Photo Courtesy of an honorable german