President Obama reassures us that drone strikes will be less common because of legal and moral concerns. They may become obsolete before he gets a chance to modify the program.
In White Sands, New Mexico, 2012: University of Austin’s Professor Todd Humphreys and his students put on a demonstration for the Department of Homeland Security. There was a suspicion that Iran had, the previous year, downed a U.S. drone by jamming its signals. The experiment was successful. Humphrey’s team not only jammed the signals to the drone, they were able to take control of the unmanned vehicle. The process, called spoofing, took only $1000 worth of equipment. They repeatedly overtook navigational signals going to the GPS-guided vehicle.
One year later, only 2 days ago, a message on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum suggested that jihadists use the simpler method of jamming the signal.
"The idea is very simple and could be applied with great success, Allah willing, and this is due to the remoteness of the main source of the signal - the satellite - and its relative weakness. All we need to implement this attack is a jamming device for the "GPS" frequencies, which makes the plane lose control and forces it to land, like what happened in North Korea when it forced an American drone to land through jamming".(SITE)
Cyberoam reported that a recent hack attack “seems to have stolen data from several companies regarding all aspects of unmanned vehicles (drones) from research to design to manufacturing of the vehicles and their various subsystems.” We haven’t heard of anyone publishing detailed plans yet, but a featured article in al-Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine can’t be far off.
---Spoofing: The process of deception by which an unauthorized person causes a transmission or message to appear to come from an authorized user in order to gain privileged access to computer or network resources. IP spoofing, an integral element of many types of network attacks, involves creating TCP/IP packets that use false addresses, perhaps stolen from others.