Fox News: Drones Vulnerable To HiJacking

Researchers have found a way to spoof the GPS settings on a drone

According to Fox News Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory was able to compromise the flight path of a UAV with only $1000 worth of equipment. Basically, Professor Humphreys confuses the drone's GPS system with a signal more powerful than that from the satellites orbiting the earth.

In an Austin, Texas, stadium last week, Humphreys and his team nearly crashed a UAV by compromising its flight path, and did so in front of representatives from the Department of Homeland Security. According to Sophos, DHS had dared the team $1000 to perform the demonstration.

Previously, researchers have also found ways to use side channel attacks on UAVs. Last year, the Christian Science Monitor speculated that GPS-spoofing might have been responsible for the US drone that was captured by the Iranians. Originally, the Iranians had boasted they they had cracked the plane's encryption but later investigation suggests that is not the case.