Iranians hacked US drone and instructed it to land in Iran
In an exclusive to The Christian Science Monitor, an Iranian engineer describes how they hacked a U.S. military drone – a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel – into landing at an Iranian airbase.
First they cut off communications links and then reconfigured the drone’s GPS coordinates to make it land at what the drone thought was its actual home base – but instead was in Iran.
Iran’s “electronic ambush” jammed the drone’s communications forcing it into autopilot where it used stored GPS coordinates to fly home. But the home coordinates were hacked into and altered to be the coordinates for an airfield in Iran.