$40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

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$40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

First responders should be paying particular attention to this story. Mr. Nils Rodday, a security researcher recently announced a method for hacking a $30,000 drone designed to be used by police and firefighters. That’s bad news. The fact that Mr. Rodday’s hack works from up to a mile away and requires just about $40 worth of parts, well, that’s worse news.

Mr. Nils Rodday, a security researcher, announced at the RSA security conference in San Francisco that it was possible to hijack a $30000 drone from a mile away just by intercepting its wifi signal. He claimed he did this with only his laptop and a radio chip that was connected to his laptop via USB.

The drone manufacturer has been notified and apparently they gave him the drone to work on after he had signed a confidentiality agreement not to expose anything if such results were found. The drones which are meant to be used by the police and firefighters departments are therefore definitely weak for the industries.

Give Me $40 and I will Hack the $30000 Drone for You, claims Hacker

This underscores the need for first responder drones that are “hardened” against both hardware and software attacks. Consumer drones are not designed for these use-cases, and as such, shouldn’t be relied upon in mission critical situations.

By | 2016-03-16T22:18:12+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Anti-drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on $40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

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