16 December 2011

How the RQ-170, US drone was hijacked

The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the RQ-170 was hijacked by the Iranians using a well know exploit that sure seems to me to be a lot like an old and well known cyber attack known as "the man-in-the-middle" attack. 
Using intelligence gleaned from previously downed and less sophisticated drones, an Iranian engineer, identified that the global positioning system (GPS) is the weak link in the drone's security posture.
The "electronic ambush" begins by jamming the drone's communications forcing the plane into autopilot whereby it loses its "brain".  From there, the Iranians were able to "spoof" and interject landing coordinates to get the plane to land where they wanted it to land.


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