Iranian Engineer Able To Trick U.S. Drone Into Landing

A U.S. stealth drone was captured by the Iranians by using software that spoofed GPS coordinates. The drone was told to land at those coordinates. The Iranian engineer that spoofed the drone is currently studying what is inside the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel.

Supposedly military officials have known the GPS weakness of the aircraft since 2003. The military even published a report about it in 2003 titled GPS Spoofing Countermeasures.

“A more pernicious attack involves feeding the GPS receiver fake GPS signals so that it believes it is located somewhere in space and time that it is not,” states the report. “This ‘spoofing’ attack is more elegant than jamming because it is surreptitious.”

U.S. officials said that the drone was captured because of a malfunction. Tensions between the United States and Iran have been high since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Iranian Engineer Able To Trick U.S. Drone Into Landing Comments

  1. Eldorado says:

    Spoofing is very well known. If the drone is located, it is prone of the nation, if it is not Somalia or Libya. The trick is two airplanes. First flies above the drone with a directional antenna that transmits in the same line Satellite-Drone. The second plane repeat the genuine GPS signal, which is retransmitted by a laser beam to the first airplane. Changing the position of the second plane, they find out how the drone behaves, and they are able to change the flight direction on their will.

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