Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stealth drones: no longer invisible.

Communications security remains the weakest link in the new world of information gathering. 

(December 15, 2011. VBeat) - The US drone, which veered off course and landed in Iran, is said to have be hacked using a GPS spoofing attack.

Compromising the GPS system allowed the drone to “land on its own where we wanted it to, without having to crack the remote-control signals and communications,” the Iranian engineer told the Christian Science Monitor. This hid the operation from US engineers controlling the drone. At first, the unplanned landing was said to be the drone simply “veering off course” and flying into Iran

According to the engineer, the GPS system is one of the easiest to manipulate, making it a huge vulnerability that the United States was already aware of.

As I wrote before, avoiding radars with stealth technology is an old battle. The new battle is making communications secure and/or undetectable to the enemy.

tag: drone, control, security, military

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