"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Texas Students Hack Government Spy Drone

"Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended."
George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 2

1984  -  If students can hack a drone what about a real enemy?
  • Both political parties are in a mad rush to put 30,000 Big Brother military drones in the air over the United States.
  • Republicans and Democrats ignore the Bill of Rights in order to created a "safe" nation under the watchful eyes of the Washington Elite.

There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a US government drone?

A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security reports RT News.

Constitutional Federalist Senator Rand Paul:   Paul wants military drones to need search warrants, but politicians of both parties refuse to back his bill.

After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that.

Humphrey tells Fox News that for a few hundreds dollar his team was able to “spoof” the GPS system on board the DHS drone, a technique that involves mimicking the actual signals sent to the global positioning device and then eventually tricking the target into following a new set of commands. And, for just $1,000, Humphreys says the spoofer his team assembled was the most advanced one ever built.

“Spoofing a GPS receiver on a UAV is just another way of hijacking a plane,” Humphreys tells Fox. The real danger here, however, is that the government is currently considering plans that will allow local law enforcement agencies and other organizations from coast-to-coast to control drones of their own in America’s airspace.

“In five or ten years you have 30,000 drones in the airspace,” he tells Fox News. “Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.”     (RT News USA)

The Big Brother Insect Spy Drone.
Researchers have already developed drones with parts mimicking bug eyes, bat ears and sensitive “bee-like” hairs. The technology is being developed to serve as undetectable surveillance tools.
These miniature drones, known as micro air vehicles (MAVs) have been in development in recent years and some have already been shown to the public. They’ll have the ability to record, photograph and in some cases, attack. The drones are said to still be in development, however they still face some issues. The scientists and engineers still need to work out limits such as maneuverability and navigation in certain environmental conditions.
With the ability to go places military personnel cannot all while being virtually undetected, researchers are aiming for serious advancement in intelligence collection.   (Techyville.com)

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