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!