Drone Hacking

Published on Feb 04, 2019

We are becoming apart of a global movment that is transforming into an era - “The Internet of Everything”. With everything becoming online is internet security falling behind? Drones are becoming one of these hot topics and a must have item, in fact drones were some of the most popular gifts in 2018. With drones becoming more affordable and their popularity growing day by day through the ability to take the most amazing photographs or even get a items delivered are drone manufacturers compromising on their security?

Johns Hopkins University came up with three cyber attacks that can cause your drone to malfunction, the attacks are very simple and very effective which reinforces the question – have manufacturers compromised on security?

The attacks from the student at Johns Hopkins University are as follows; The first attack the students bombarded a drone with about 1,000 wireless connection requests in rapid succession, each asking for control of the airborne device. This digital deluge overloaded the aircraft’s central processing unit, causing it to shut down.

In a second successful hack, the team sent the drone an exceptionally large data packet, exceeding the capacity of a buffer in the aircraft’s flight application. Again, this caused the drone to crash.

For the third exploit, the researchers repeatedly sent a fake digital packet from their laptop to the drone’s on-ground controller, telling it that the packet’s sender was the drone itself. Eventually, the researchers say, the drone’s controller started to “believe” that aircraft was indeed the sender. It severed contact with the real drone, which eventually led to an emergency landing.

These aren’t complicated attacks or difficult to execute which is the worrying thing and as more and more drones get sold I’m sure we will see a rise in failing drones and un-happy people.

Posted in blog on Feb 04, 2019