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(Russia Today)   For $1,000 you too can hack into and control one of the 30,000 drones soon to be flying over the US   (rt.com) divider line 11
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2012-06-28 06:34:46 AM  
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redkingca: If you read the article, they spoofed the GPS signal. This affects just more than drones, pretty much everything that flys. Anyone with any imagination should be worried(we're well past tin foil here).


This is more akin to old school phone phreaking than computer hacking. They aren't breaking into the software and controlling the thing. They went at it sideways.

A normal pilot can ignore his GPS if it goes nuts. To have it be a real problem he would also have to have a failure of his altimeter, airspeed indicator, compass, and all his comm and nav radio systems. If you have that many failures at once your whole electrical system is probably either dead or on fire so you have bigger problems to worry about than your GPS not reading correctly.

This isn't even a big deal for remote piloted drones. What they targeted was a drone that has a programmed flight path that it follows using GPS. They fed it false position data so it course corrected. They either have to have their own radar station or somebody watching it to know what heading it is on to know what kind of dummy signal to send to it to make it fly the direction they want. In addition they pretty much have to stay in line of sight and if it gets out of range it is just going to start picking up the real GPS signal and go back to the flight path it is supposed to be on.

The only way this poses any actual threat is if they spoof the drone into flying into something else.

It isn't even something that is difficult to fix. Directionally shield the GPS receiver so that it can only receive from above where actual GPS signals will be coming from. The problem can literally be solved with a roll of aluminum foil.
2012-06-28 03:51:50 AM  
2 votes:
Americans continue to vote for the military industrial complex.

They shouldn't be shocked at the results.
2012-06-28 03:33:44 AM  
2 votes:

Kuoxasar: Domestic drones are already being used by the DHS and other governmental agencies, and several small-time law enforcement groups have accumulated UAVs of their own as they await clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, by 2020 there expects to betens of thousands of drones diving and dipping through US airspace.

OK I realize Balrog Obongo isn't the cause of all evil and injustice in the world but I'm more than a little annoyed that no one of importance seems to give a farking shiat about this crap, including him. This security state stuff is endless and depressing.


Democrats: It's not oppression when we do it.
2012-06-28 08:20:48 AM  
1 votes:

Edge.bot: that sounds like a good way to have some very stern looking secret service agents turn up at your house .


I just had them a mouldy stack of watchtowers and say, "Take these back and stop bothering me!"
2012-06-28 05:33:45 AM  
1 votes:
It's great how, since the Bush and Congress cowardly and idiotic response to 9/11, the money is in surveilling and policing all of us American citizens trying to find jobs. Unless we're in police or surveillance industry, of course --- then we have jobs wasting tax dollars. So how exactly is all this revenue-sapping activity bringing the US back to prosperity again?
2012-06-28 05:06:10 AM  
1 votes:
If you do this, I'd recommend trying to crash the one you hijack into another one, thus killing two birds with one drone.
2012-06-28 04:29:50 AM  
1 votes:

ds615: 1) You seem to think the President has influence and power he doesn't. This makes you an idiot. You also think this is tied to political parties, which is just Full Retard mode.

b) duh. If you can log into the thing remotely, then so can someone else. IT security secret; There is none. You can make it take longer, you can try to make it "not worth the trouble", but you can't ever make it secure.

III) Drones are, and have been, in use here for many years. The "people of importance" do give a fark, and that fark is that they set those drones in place there.


I am genuinely interested to know why you think the Commander in Chief can't manage federal units in American airspace.
2012-06-28 04:15:20 AM  
1 votes:

ds615: 1) You seem to think the President has influence and power he doesn't. This makes you an idiot.


Yeah. What, you think he's got any REAL power? It's the lizard people who control everything.
2012-06-28 03:46:26 AM  
1 votes:
1) You seem to think the President has influence and power he doesn't. This makes you an idiot. You also think this is tied to political parties, which is just Full Retard mode.

b) duh. If you can log into the thing remotely, then so can someone else. IT security secret; There is none. You can make it take longer, you can try to make it "not worth the trouble", but you can't ever make it secure.

III) Drones are, and have been, in use here for many years. The "people of importance" do give a fark, and that fark is that they set those drones in place there.
2012-06-28 03:32:54 AM  
1 votes:
Domestic drones are already being used by the DHS and other governmental agencies, and several small-time law enforcement groups have accumulated UAVs of their own as they await clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, by 2020 there expects to betens of thousands of drones diving and dipping through US airspace.

OK I realize Balrog Obongo isn't the cause of all evil and injustice in the world but I'm more than a little annoyed that no one of importance seems to give a farking shiat about this crap, including him. This security state stuff is endless and depressing.
2012-06-28 12:13:51 AM  
1 votes:
Why not? It'd be like having the ultimate remote-control airplane
 
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