Drones Can be Hijacked and Used as Missiles



I think “they’re” just afraid a hacker will send one straight into the Capitol or the WH.

Published on Jun 25, 2012 by ArizonaSean

Original story – http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/0…

The potential consequences of GPS spoofing are nothing short of chilling. Humphreys warns that a terrorist group could match his technology, and in crowded U.S. airspace, cause havoc.

“I’m worried about them crashing into other planes,” he told Fox News. “I’m worried about them crashing into buildings. We could get collisions in the air and there could be loss of life, so we want to prevent this and get out in front of the problem.”

Unlike military UAVs, which use an encrypted GPS system, most drones that will fly over the U.S. will rely on civilian GPS, which is not encrypted and wide open to infiltration. Humphreys warns it is crucial that the government address this vulnerability before it allows unmanned aerial vehicles broad access to U.S. airspace.

“It just shows that the kind of mentality that we got after 9-11, where we reinforced the cockpit door to prevent people hijacking planes — well, we need to adopt that mentality as far as the navigation systems for these UAVs.”

2 thoughts on “Drones Can be Hijacked and Used as Missiles

  1. “I think “they’re” just afraid a hacker will send one straight into the Capitol or the WH.”

    BINGO!!!

    One of their biggest fears HAS to be of their own weapons being used AGAINST them.

    Good find, Cathleen. I didn’t see this one when searching. 🙂

  2. I pointed that out to you folks weeks ago! What one can invent to us against others, another can us against them. No matter what frequency they use it can be intercepted & reverse engineered, even encrypted! Get after it you computer geeks——Continue to fight for Liberty, Freedom & Justice

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