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Could Computer Hackers Take Down Un-Manned Computer Controlled Drones?
by Cris Ericson
Monday Jan 14th, 2013 5:25 PM
First, you can be worried that countries hit with U.S. Drone Strikes may retaliate. Second, you can be wondering if it is at all possible for computer hackers to hack into and control un-manned Drones? Third, what about solar flares affecting GPS devices on un-manned Drones?

Monday, January 14, 2013
One week before the public 2nd inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.

You still can't say "God" in a lot of schools and court rooms, but President Barack
Obama will Swear his Oath of Office on a Holy Bible. Go figure that one out.

Is "God" now just a figure of speech? What would an aetheist swear his or her
Oath of Office on if he or she were elected?

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/276925-this-week-in-tech-leahy-to-lay-out-judiciary-agenda
Even U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is concerned about computer hackers
affecting Drones.

Drones are sent to foreign countries to deploy missle strikes at human "terrorist" targets.

Drones have also been deployed across several US states for surveillance, and
thousands of un-manned computer operated UAVs could soon be flying
all across the country for surveillance purposes that some privacy advocates
consider unconstitutional.

Today's concerns (monday, January 14, 2013) are:

(1) can we keep hackers
from controlling computer operated un-manned drones?;

(2) where will we get the money
while our U.S. Government budget is so unsettled
and in so much debt to foreign countries
for money the U.S. Government
borrowed to pay it's bills and is still paying interest on?;

(3) should we stop sending Drones to
foreign countries where the people are furious
at us for killing children
and innocent civilians
with Drones allegedly aimed at terrorists?;

(4) can solar flares disrupt the GPS devices
in un-manned Drones?

If you believe it is time to End Drone Strikes Killing Children
and innocent civilians in foreign countries,
then please sign
White House
Petition
http://wh.gov/UKpQ

Thank you. The petition was written by Rosemarie Jackowski of
Bennington, Vermont, a world famous war protester.

Many people in Vermont are also protesting against the F-35
military jet which carries targeted smart nuclear bombs
because so many Vermonters are so deeply opposed to this weapon
being based in Vermont.

Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking ...
http://www.foxnews.com/.../drones-vulnerable-to-terrorist-hijacking-researchers-say/
Jun 25, 2012... make it do anything they want it to -- a gaping hole in the ... of GPS
waypoints that have been programmed into its flight computer.

Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Government Drone in Midair
http://www.popsci.com/.../researchers-hack-government-drone-1000-parts -
Jun 28, 2012 ... hijack a drone ...

BBC News - Researchers use spoofing to 'hack' into a flying drone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18643134 -
Jun 29, 2012 ... if the drone is near Birmingham,
but it receives GPS co-ordinates for
Gloucester,
it would then think it is in Gloucester ...
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Also in the news:
"Hackers claim new air traffic system can be hijacked

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of upgrading
its air traffic control system at a cost of tens of billions of dollars.

A big price might not fix an even bigger problem, though,
as hackers suggest that system could be compromised."

But where will the tens of billions of dollars come from?

"Republicans are set to let the US default on its obligations
to pay interest on its loans.

Will Republicans force the Obama administration to cut spending?

Some House Republicans have advocated allowing
the US to fall into default or shut down the government.

By running out of money, the US would be unable to pay its bills
as early as mid-February."