Report: Majority of Drones Susceptible to Hacking, Lack Encrypted Communications

Video transmission data from US drones is easy to intercept because it lacks encryption, Wired reports. 

A source told Noah Shachtman and David Axe that only 30 to 50% of Predators and Reapers have full encryption against militants.

The source added that full encryption for the military’s drone fleet will be completed by 2014.

(Click Here to read about a University of Texas study showing that hijacking a drone is possible with a $1000 spoofer device.)

According to Wired, data from US drones can be accessed through remote sensors and hacking into its radio frequency, which can be done with relatively little know-how and cheap equipment.

The predators’ vulnerability to unauthorized access was first reported in 2008 when a militant in Iraq used $26 software to intercept  drone video footage, which was found on a laptop. 

The article says there are two ways that the drones receive direction and transmit video, satellite communications and radio frequency called the common data link.

While the satellite communications are encrypted and thought to be secure, the common data link is not and is susceptible to hacking.   

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