The Department of Homeland Security offered a challenge. Could anyone take over a U.S. drone?
For under $1,000 in parts, a team of students at the University of Texas did just that. They took over an unmanned drone that was flying overhead.
The DHS dared them to do it. The DHS did not have to take it to double-dog dare.
They “spoofed” it. They faked signals that the drone thought were the real deal.
The problem is, the government is buying tens of thousands of drones. The professor in charge in the hijacking estimates 30,000 within a decade.
What if a terrorist group hijacked a drone and used it as a weapon?
My concern: as the price of used drones falls, and the technology becomes common, a drone would be a perfect way to release airborne anthrax over a major city. There will be so many drones in the sky that it will become easy to add one more.