A recent successful test in which members of the University of Texas at Austin’s Radionavigation Laboratory hacked into the ground positioning system, or GPS, of a drone with less than $1,000 of equipment has grabbed the attention of security experts out of concern that the GPS on airlines similarly could be hacked and the jets could become a cruise missile, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The concern first arose after U.S. agencies witnessed the test at UT. There are plans by federal, state and local agencies to use drones for law enforcement. It is estimated that within five to 10 years, there could be 30,000 drones operating within the U.S.
However, these drones with their lightly encrypted GPS could be hacked and used against the U.S. population, as the UT test demonstrated.
“Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us,” according to Professor Todd Humphreys, whose team performed the demonstration in mid-June.