Skip to comments.Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Government Drone in Midair
Posted on 06/30/2012 3:44:32 AM PDT by 6SJ7
The U.S. government, understandably, doesn't want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples' laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That's even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks.
The University of Texas at Austin team successfully nabbed the drone on a dare from the Department of Homeland Security. They managed to do it through spoofing, a technique where a signal from hackers pretends to be the same as one sent to the drone's GPS.
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Must have taken their cue from the Iranians.
America needs a spoof device freely available at Radio Shack, to ensure that the Federal Government leaves the privacy of THE PEOPLE intact.
Drones should only be used in war abroad, outside the USA.
This is the best news I’ve heard all week.
And hackers will hijack the IRS penalty collection from Americans and will redistribute the funds to worthwhile charities.
They still think they are superior, they still think they can govern America like a third world country.
Guess what baby, you just kicked over the alarm clock and woke up the baby, and that kids pretty darn smart.
You won’t see this in Britain, Australia, Italy or even China.
But it WILL happen in America.
may all their drones fall from the sky or be flown back into their faces.
It would be nice if this caught on and more hackers started seizing and destroying ANY “drones” used for random surveillance of American citizens by the NAZIs in Homeland Security.
Muchas Gracias Jorge El Segundo!!!!
I am not sure that you could, even in principle, “hijack” a drone by spoofing GPS. You could confuse it, yes. Military GPS have antispoofing and antijam capabilities and I doubt that you could spoof them for anything like a thousand bucks. A truly robust navigation system would have inertial navigation as a fall back, and could either continue its mission or RTB when faced with interruption of the GPS signal.
He.. he.. he... he... he... keep up the good work the elitists need to know they are as dumb as they look.
I have no doubts a drone can be hijacked, necessity is the mother of invention.
It was a necessity to hijack a drone, some very smart people did so.
Now if only we had the same smartness across America to bring down Obamacaretax.
The problem with your theory is that it didn’t know it was being spoofed to begin with. Now it will take years of research, endless government grants and how many acts of Congress to find out how they did it before they can actually be allowed to fix it. Re; the government study of the study to study the studies on the validity of studies? Reading the original story, they were able to totally take over the thing.
I would rather use their drones against other drones, or as intel devices “duh” against the Feds, possibly to scout internment camps? Moslem mosques?
No way I would destroy a strategic asset if I can take command over it, thats just common sense.
THAT WOULD BE THE ROBERTS/OBAMA COMMUNIST CABAL ACT OF 2012.
I doubt you need to waste the AP on a drone.
You know I just had an image of a scene from Terminator Salvation, where they block the transmissions of the Cyberdyne devices and use them against Skynet.
“Cool, my own Terminator!”
Don’t you just love it when the Gubmint experts think they have perfected a plan, only to have a bunch of outsiders show them up?
And for cheap, too!
“may all their drones fall from the sky or be flown back into their faces.”
They are not going to say how they really hacked it in a public article and you can expect some misinformation. But we know they can be hacked and controlled.
At the end of the story you will see
Correction: this story has been modified to clarify that the drone used in the U of T experiment was not a government drone, but a UAV owned by the university.
They hijacked their own drone.
LMAO!!! Radio Shack? Every sale they make, they want your personal information. Last time I bought a device there, they asked at the register, what I was going to be using it for, plus my name and address. You'd think I was buying cough medicine or something!
Most disconcerting news. Countermeasures anyone?
Radio Shack? What a joke. It is a cell phone and battery store.
They have very few electronics parts these days. Just a couple little cabinets with randomly chosen parts jammed into drawers that are too small.
When you check out, the first thing they say is, “Need any batteries?”
- No, thank you.
“Can I interest you in a cell phone?”
- No, thanks. I already have five of them.
“How about another?”
At this point I just stop talking.
If drones are so easy to hack...drones will be rendered useless
Which is good for Americans, because drones should not be used to spy on US citizens. They should be used only when a truly national security matter is involved
Most people don’t realize that ANYTHING the government produces as far as technology is at least 10 years behind the latest technology.
Its due to the huge bureaucratic pile of regulations, paperwork, delays in funding, and all other factors that turn any governmental technical procurement into a “turtle.”
Most importantly, palms must be properly “greased” before any final action is taken.
Now what the feds will do is have Congress pass a law stating that it is illegal to spoof a drone, and think that fixes the problem. This is exactly what they did with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that supposedly “fixed” the problem of people using ordinary scanners from Radio Shack to listen to analog cell phone calls.
The real solution came from technical innovation, and that’s what will eventually happen with drones, too.
You are correct only in so much as the stuff that is known. From my experience as a member of the crypto team at the Electronic Proving Grounds from 74-76, I can tell you that in that time, we were way beyond what was known to the public.
Then I went to the right place. I was buying cell phones. :)
Spoofing. It used to be called Meaconing.
How long before some techie libtard uses this to swat congress?
Can the IRS be spoofed and / or hacked?
A cross between an ultralight and a radio controlled model airplane...loaded with C4.
If the drone is using the non-encrypted GPS signals then the students send a stronger GPS signal to the drone that causes the drone not to be in their command but to think it is someplace else. However, such a stunt is not only illegal as Hell as any aircraft in the area also experienced the errant GPS signals, but this technique doesn’t work on military drones. They don’t use the same GPS signals. I am suprised to hear the DHS uses drones without GPS encryption, which calls into question their actual success.
“Correction: this story has been modified to clarify that the drone used in the U of T experiment was not a government drone, but a UAV owned by the university.
They hijacked their own drone. “
And there is your answer.
I’d do it for half that.
Spoofing GPS is not hard, but to do so and get past two humans in direct contact is almost impossible.
So, yes, the operators knew it was being spoofed.
Additionally, INS (internal guidance) is a back-up.
Can't “hack” the UAV/RPV command link. Would need NSA-grade crypto-crackers.
So, watching GPS jamming/spoofing is an interesting exercise in technology but was not a threat to the control of the platform. . .like I said, you have at least two humans in the loop that would detect the platform going off kilter and they would disengage the auto-pilot and make flight control inputs to fly the platform.
When the internal INS detects a wide variation between the GPS and the INS, signals are sent to the ground station and humans make corrective inputs to the UAV/RPV flight profile.
” You know I just had an image of a scene from Terminator Salvation...”
Yep, first thing that came to my mind also.
This “clone” technology should be made freely available on the internet.
There is a back door to everything operating on software, everything. Just ask the Iranians, or better yet, the White House. In the event you missed it, reread my post and the position I held from 74-76. It was much tougher to “crack” the code back then because the availability of the computers necessary to do so was extremely limited.
So I guess you can sleep comfortably thinking that just because it was a “controlled” exercise that someone with the access to technology way above UTA is not going to work on it because it was monitored by DHS. It is far different to expect an event than it is to it happening as a total surprise.
You might not think that if you knew that a significant percent of UT Austin students are foreigners. One time as I was walking across campus the Iranians had set up tents and were very angry and hollering at passerbys. It's a very liberal university and Austin, with it's city motto of "Keepin' Austin Weird" is THE headquarters for eco-wackos, hippies and RATS of Texas. One of it's professors lectures his students the world would be a better place if 90% were killed off with ebola. One more step left and they're Berkeley CA. The article doesn't name the students so it's very likely they aren't conservatives out for a fun afternoon of pranks. My money is on dry run.
I agree with you Bob, but it would be good to see every drone without a seach warrant from a court of open and approprite jurisdiction, to be spoof flown into the ground or better still, right into the control nacel of whatever is sending it.
Iranians had nothing to do with that UAV incident. Nothing. At. All. You wish to believe a third world nation has the expertise to lock-up flight controls then have at it.
Better computers today doesn’t mean easier to crack code as the computers today are better when it comes to writing code and protecting software.
“In the event you missed it, reread my post and the position I held from 74-76.”
I suppose you can sleep comfortably feeling that you are well aware of up-to-date UAV/RPV technology because of what you did nearly 40-yrs ago. (By the way, you are not the only one with experience behind the “Black” door).
“It is far different to expect an event than it is to it happening as a total surprise.”
Executive lead agent for UAV/RPV development is USAF, not DHS. DHS does their own R&D, limited as it is, to modify for their own missions. They are not aware of DOD UAV/RPV state-of-the-art technology/protections.
Of course, based upon your two years of experience nearly 40-yrs ago, you are fully aware we “hack at” everything all the time, exploring for weaknesses and flaws, to find where things can/need to be improved. This is the smart thing to do because as you are also aware, “There are no bug-free programs, just undiscovered bugs.”
No! The most disconcerting news would be if the graduate students on the team were from Iran, China and Pakistan.
I am far more worried by the domestic use of drones than I am of foreigners ability to defeat them.
Every sale they make, they want your personal information. Last time I bought a device there, they asked at the register, what I was going to be using it for, plus my name and address. You’d think I was buying cough medicine or something! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I know. That presents no problem. I pay cash and lie like a rug to protect my privacy. I am not a criminal and lie simply because its wrong to presume I am doing something wrong or illegal.Most of my advertising goes to the public librarian.