Drone Cockpits Compromised

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and
Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly
missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

Not sure what the exact attack vector is.  I have a feeling that the pilots aren’t surfing the web while flying but then again it’s certainly possible.  Stuxnet, has totally changed the malware attack vectors.

An internet connection is no longer required to be vulnerable.  Most disturbing is the fact they’ve tried to remove it numerous times and it keeps coming back.

Be careful out there, the web not getting any less hostile.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.
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2 Responses to Drone Cockpits Compromised

  1. Jake says:

    I seem to recall hearing something a couple of years ago about how the drone transmissions weren’t adequately secured (though I could be wrong). Could someone be injecting a virus into the system from the drone end?

    • Nope, you’re right.  For thirty bucks you can snap the video feedback from the drone.  Control signals are encrypted and authenticated though.

      The drones themselves currently aren’t compromised, just something within the control center.  Most disturbing part about this was they made it public, which now lets people know there IS a vector into the control center.  At which point hopping to the drone is much more simple.