Affected drones can't be patched, researcher says
At this year's RSA security conference in San Francisco, Dutch security researcher Nils Rodday, currently working for IBM, has revealed a method of hacking high-end drones using cheap custom-built hacking kits that cost around $40 (€36.5).
Rodday conducted his research in this field as a student at the University of Twente in Holland, when a UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) manufacturer approached the university to have its products tested.
The UAVs that Rodday got to play with weren't your run-of-the-mill drones, but actual high-end quadcopters sold to police forces, fire departments, and government agencies, for prices ranging from $35,000 to $40,000 (€32,000 to €36,500).
Full article here ...
Also this Wired magazine article:
Some over sensationalism and old news, in my opinion, given most telemetry protocols so far have not been designed to be secure in the first place. (e.g. HopeRF radios, Mavlink). So sort of like announcing that some houses with no door locks can be broken into: 1. Locate a door. 2: Push open the door. That said it appears there was at least Wifi WEP at play here, along with Xbees ...
Also a bit difficult to understand how that "police drone" could have been sold for $30,000-$35,000. Looks like run of the mill, Tarot type frame, motors, etc ... X8, $2,000 or so at most?
Eagerly anticipating the great work being done on Mavlink2 at DroneCode!