Securing America: Can Terrorists Hack Into Drones? [VIDEO]

A new worry in the War on Terror: a flaw in the technology used by civilian drones that terrorists could take advantage of.

FOX’s John Roberts reports in our ongoing series on national security:

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Securing America.

Privacy concerns have dominated the debate over opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aircraft, but researchers at the University of Texas have uncovered a gaping hole in the security for civilian drones. ¬†Using a so-called “spoofer,” which mimics GPS signals, professor Todd Humphries and his team took control of a drone in flight – making it obey their commands, rather than GPS.

Humphries says if his team can do it, so can terrorists with the right equipment.

(Humphries) “Spoofing a GPS receiver on a UAV really is just another way of hijacking a plane.”

The FAA and Department of Homeland Security are aware of the problem and are trying to address it, but poor funding has left the program in its infancy. ¬†Experts fear DHS brass won’t really pay attention to this until something terrible happens.

John Roberts, FOX News Radio.

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