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

Posted Dec 15, 2011

[image credit: CSmonitor]

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.