Drone Lobbying Group Says the Average Person Couldn’t Hack a UAV

By Carlton Purvis Security Management

As the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry grows, so do concerns about their safety. A congressional hearing set for Thursday morning aims to examine the pros and cons of expanding the use of drones and get the facts around reports that UAVs can be easily hacked.

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) CEO Michael Toscano says hacking a unmanned aerial vehicle is “outside the capability of any average American citizen” and very difficult to pull off in real-world conditions in his testimony prepared for Thursday morning’s House Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management hearing. In light of recent media attention, Toscano says referring to a report from Fox News that went viral, GPS spoofing is not a new issue and technologies already exist to counter it.