Johns Hopkins Research Finds Drones Vulnerable to Attack

Johns Hopkins Research Finds Drones Vulnerable to Attack


[ELECTRONIC MUSIC] We’ll go ahead and launch the drone! [DRONE BUZZING] These devices are very widespread nowadays. [DRONE ROTORS BUZZING] While they’re a lot of fun to fly they do pose some security concerns. My name is Mike Hooper. I’m Dr. Lanier Watkins. I’m a graduate student. And I’m a research scientist with the Johns
Hopkins University Information Security Institute. We’re demonstrating the vulnerability of
commercial drones. Not only can someone take control of your drone but they can also crash it. [ROTORS BUZZING] [CRASH] [ROTORS FAILING] [CRASH] [ROTORS BUZZING] [CRASH] [MUSIC] What we’re going to do to force this drone
to land is send thousands of connection requests to it which will overwhelm the processor. And now I’ll go ahead and launch the attack. [DRONE STUTTERS] [CRASH] We determined an attacker could take over
a drone, hijack it and use it in a way it’s not designed to be used. [MUSIC] We’re demonstrating to manufacturers that
security shouldn’t be an afterthought. By doing that, it forces vendors to create
products that are safer. [MUSIC] [DRONE STUTTERS] [CRASH]

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