Hacking Over the Internet, Wirelessly, and From the AirHacking is achieved in many forms. One might think of hackers breaking into computer networks remotely over the internet to shut down critical infrastructure. This has been proven out with the Stuxnet hacking of Iran’s nuclear reactor where it suffered a major blow when the U.S. and Israel… Read More »
Is FAA Registration Closing the Hangar Door After the Drone Has Already Launched?
The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week that it will soon start requiring civilian drone owners to register their aircraft. Current regulations for commercial drones already require FAA registration and a pilot’s license for the operator, so this decision will mostly impact recreational drone owners, hobbyists and startup businesses not yet licensed to fly commercially… Read More »
How Easy Is It For Hackers To Jack The Tower?
Earlier this month the Government Accountability Office issued a 46-page report outlining security vulnerabilities in critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) systems. The report concerns the national airspace system (NAS) used to track and direct public and private aircraft. Many of these issues are common in all types of organizations, so look over the FAA’s list of… Read More »
What Are Drone Operators All Waiting For?
Last week I talked about drone operators who don’t follow the rules. This week I’ll talk about legal drones, existing regulations and the new rules that are due out soon. Commercial Use Current FAA regulations prohibit the commercial use of drones, but companies can apply for a special permit. According to Reuters, as of February… Read More »
How Can We Prevent The Next White House Drone Crash?
Current Federal Aviation Administration regulations require civilian drones to stay under 400 feet in altitude and at least five miles from airports and other restricted areas. Unfortunately, not all drone operators follow the regulations. Drones at the White House On Monday, January 26th at 3:02 AM a Secret Service officer on duty at the White House… Read More »
Think only the military has drones? Think again.
Just a few years ago, only militaries and government agencies had access to sophisticated drones, but today anyone can buy them for just a few hundred dollars. The basic hardware has been around for decades in the form of remote-controlled helicopters. Today drone operators can equip them with high-definition cameras, Wi-Fi detection tools and other… Read More »
Coffee, Tea or 3G: Cell Phone Detection Takes to the Friendly Skies
We all know the drill…”Please power off and stow away all electronic devices…”. And while most of us readily comply, that doesn’t stop some inconsiderate passengers and also many of us from accidentally leaving on our cell phones and tablets during take-off. But just what are the chances of wireless interference and is there a way to… Read More »