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Drones hacked? New target for scary viruses

Drones hacked? New target for scary viruses

I don't trust the Internet of Things. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for new technology, but I've also been covering the gaping security flaws in products like Nest for long enough to not trust them.

See also: See all of my coverage of the Internet of Things right here.

As I'm sure that you know, drones are now cheap enough for just about anyone to buy. The problem is that the people manufacturing them don't seem to care about keeping hackers away.

The appeal of learning how to hack drones for hackers — as well as organized cyberespionage teams — seems obvious. Derek Manky, a security strategist for Fortinet, explained how valuable hacking them could be:

Military forces around the world are using UAVs to assist in missions as well as engage in warfare. Why risk human bodies if a machine can be sacrificed instead? Unfortunately, this is opening the door to a lot of scary scenarios moving forward as we further blend the physical world with the virtual.

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