Hijacked Drones: Not Even Law Enforcement is Safe from Commjacking

Posted: May 9, 2016 / Author: Dror Liwer

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using drones for surveillance, but a new discovery shows that police will also have to keep an eye out for commjackers. IBM researcher Nils Rodday demonstrated at the RSA Conference in March that he can commjack security drones from a mile away. He took control of a $30,000 professional-grade quadcopter by exploiting an unencrypted on-board chip. Add drones to the list of devices that can be commjacked: Personal devices such as smartphones and laptops, cars, airplanes and even children’s toys are all vulnerable. Rodday showed that no matter the technology, with the right tools just…

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