‘You can Google it’: Security experts raise alarm over online drone-hacking instructions

Thursday, April 30, 2015
By Paul Martin

April 30, 2015

Manuals on hacking military drones have been available online for quite some time, apparently. Research spotting weaknesses is alarmingly commonplace, an Israeli defense specialist warns, citing its possible use in the 2011 downing of a CIA drone by Iran.

Drones have become a ubiquitous tool for war. They save on costs, prevent soldiers from dying in battle and can perform a number of functions. But with this ubiquity comes many risks, and there’s increasingly little stopping malevolent entities from exploiting these.

The manual called ‘The Requirements for Successful GPS Spoofing Attacks’ was published in 2011, just a month before the fact [of the drone’s downing], according to Israel Aerospace Industries cyber-programs director Esti Peshin, who spoke on Monday at the Defensive Cyberspace Operations and Intelligence conference in Washington DC.

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