US Military Exercise “Black Dart 14” Focuses on Enemy Drones

Exercise Black Dart 14

Above image links to Foxnews Video from US Military Exercise “Black Dart 14”

1400 members of the US military met for the two weeks to perform confidential exercises at “Black Dart 14” in California. With over 50 countries currently using military capable drones, one topic of focus was tracking and intercepting foreign combat UAVs.

For more information check out the video at Foxnews.

US, Israel & Romainian Drone News – Life for Hackers (iHLS TV)

Video from Israel’s Homeland Security (iHLS TV)

Topics include:

  • Israeli SkyStar-180 aerostat helps secure world cup
  • Israeli company Plasan to supply APCs for Brazilian police
  • UK Hackers face life in prison
  • Romanian authorities adopt new civilian drone laws
  • U.S. Navy tests for drone-manned helicopter team

DARPA unveils “Hack Proof” Mini-Quad Copter

DARPA’s has unveiled a “hack proof” UAV that demonstrated that a non-compromisable drone could be developed.

The mini-quadcopter is the creation of their High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program, and one of many DARPA devices displayed to the Pentagon on Wednesday according to DefenseTech.

There are numerous reports of drones malfunctioning or possibly even hacked by attacking their GPS guidance system.

Basically DARPA understands the risks of Drones being hacked or mission compromised and is looking for new ways to protect these valuable assets.

Enter DARPA’s HACMS (Hack-ems? Hack MS?? Gotta love government acronyms) division. According to DARPA’s website, “The goal of the HACMS program is to create technology for the construction of high-assurance cyber-physical systems, where high assurance is defined to mean functionally correct and satisfying appropriate safety and security properties.

And in this case, DARPA unveiled a hardened software system and pared it with a mini-Quad copter to see if they could create a non-hackable platform.

The software is designed to make sure a hacker cannot take over control of a UAS. The software is mathematically proven to be invulnerable to large classes of attack,” Kathleen Fischer, HACMS program manager said.

Of course all in the cyber security realm will scoff at the idea of being “unhackable”, but in it’s defense, the mini-copter was able to hold off a “Red Team” – a group of hackers that pretend to be bad guys and test systems looking for holes.

The control software wasn’t necessarily created with mini-UAV’s in mind, but larger military grade drone platforms. And that is not all, in the future it may not just be used for drones.

Soon you may see this same tech released as an Open Source project and used to create hardened network routers and even possibly solve security problems associated with BYOD or employees bringing in their mobile wireless devices for network connectivity.

Pretty impressive indeed!

Drone Autohacks other Drones, and you can Build one Too!

With Amazon making headline news about their automatic drone deliveries, a security consultant has released his plans for making a predatory type drone that takes over other drones.

Skyjack “Zombie Drone” software created by Samy Kamkar turns a Parrot AR Quadcopter drone into a flying hacking station that uses a Raspberry Pi and the Aircrack NG tools to find and take over other Parrot drones.

Non-Parrot drones should be safe from his design though, as it searches out for the Parrot’s particular MAC address, and only attacks Wi-Fi signals.

Let’s hope no one puts something like a WaveBubble on one of these Zombie Drone Attackers:

A WaveBubble, though highly illegal to actually build, finds and jams all RF signals in its proximity. This includes GPS, Wi-Fi, Cell Phones, BlueTooth, etc…)

A drone equipped with both technologies (which we don’t support or recommend) could, in effect, try to hack a Wi-Fi based drone and take it over, and if that didn’t work, could possible jam the drones signals and cause it to crash.

Oh the joys of technology…

Sammy has released the plans for his project, see the above YouTube page for links.