Drones are hackable

Drones are being seen as a great way to deliver the post.  Already Amazon has suggested that it might be interested in the technology.

Samy Kamkar thinks he might have a simple plan which will give control of those drones to anyone with $400 and an hour of free time.

Kamkar, who is a veteran security researcher and hacker, has built a drone platform, called Skyjack.

According to Threat Post  his drone can forcibly disconnect another drone from its controller and then force the target to accept commands from the Skyjack drone. All of this is done wirelessly and doesn’t require the use of any exploit or security vulnerability.

He uses a Raspberry Pi and open-source software, but he said that anyone with a familiarity with Linux could build a Skyjack drone of his own in under an hour.

Kamkar has made the code free and open source, and all the technology is low-cost and easy to get.

The Skyjack drone detects the wireless signal sent out by a target drone, injects wi-fi packets into the target’s connection, de-authenticates it from its real controller and then authenticates it to the Skyjack drone.

The controller can send any commands to the hijacked drone from the ground using a normal Linux box and his code.

Kamkar uses Aircrack-ng, a wireless key cracking software that searches for drones and then the Skyjack software deactivates the clients and then connects to them. The drones are found by looking for MAC addresses owned by Parrot, the company that makes the small drones he used for his project.