The team, led by professor Todd Humphreys, was offered $1,000 if they could successfully hack into a drone flying overhead and hijack it to fly off its course. With less than $1,000 worth of parts, Humphreys and his team from the UT Radionavigation Laboratory were able to “spoof” the GPS on the Drone and take it off its course, sending it hurtling towards the ground, pulling up just before collision, thus shining a glaring light on a potential security flaw in the drone’s technology. If a gaggle of researchers with a few hundred dollars can do it, then specially trained hackers with their government’s cash can certainly do the same, if not worse.
Here is a link to the lab itself.
For now we do have the word of the person (Todd Humphreys) who was on the spot. He states that the drone was a civilian drone, not military and that there was no dare or money involved in the event at all. As this story has turned much more interesting we will continue to try and find out more information on it over the next few days and will follow up with anything we can dig up.