Hacker Says He Can Hijack a $35K Police Drone a Mile Away

“At the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, security researcher Nils Rodday will show how flaws in the security of a $30,000 to $35,000 drone’s radio connection allow him to take full control over the quadcopter with just a laptop and a cheap radio chip connected via USB. By exploiting a lack of encryption between the drone and its controller module known as a ‘telemetry box,’ any hacker who’s able to reverse engineer the drone’s flight software can impersonate that controller to send navigation commands, meanwhile blocking all commands from the drone’s legitimate operator. ‘You can inject packets and alter waypoints, change data on the flight computer, set a different coming home position,’ Rodday says. ‘Everything the original operator can do, you can do as well.’”

Source: Hacker Says He Can Hijack a $35K Police Drone a Mile Away | WIRED

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