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Exploring Security Vulnerabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Rodday, Nils Miro (2015) Exploring Security Vulnerabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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Abstract:We are currently observing a significant increase in popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This is not only the case for consumer UAVs, but also for more sophisticated UAVs used for professional services, whereby the cost can easily be magnitudes higher. Given that professional UAVs are being widely deployed in sensitive missions such as monitoring of critical infrastructures and police operations, security aspects of such UAVs should be questioned. In this research we investigated the level of security applied to the communication channels of a professional UAV. Furthermore, we explored security vulnerabilities that were identified, performed a Man-in-the-Middle attack and injected control commands to interact with the UAV. In addition, appropriate countermeasures to improve the current level of security were suggested. Our findings raise awareness within (i) the general public that use and trust UAVs, (ii) the scientific community by showing that further investigation is needed in this area, and (iii) the manufacturers by showing the importance of implementing a higher level of security in their devices.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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