Malware is no longer limited to your PC, mobile devices and networks, but your drone is now also vulnerable. When me and my wife were doing the bike trip I tweeted everyone about last year (the one with http://www.hollandcycletours.com) we used my drone for some of the photographs we made. When we came home we discovered the drone had malware on it. How did this happen? The use of drones – unmanned aircraft – by companies and individuals begins in recent years more and more closely to gain ground. The flying robots are relatively cheap to produce and use them for all sorts of purposes, from advanced photography to capturing a sporting event to taking a look at other places where you can not come. I myself am in the possession of four drones and if I have enough time left when I’m not optimizing and testing my website speed I like to control a few around my neighbourhood :)

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As the popularity of something rises, it gets more attention from malicious people. Now there is a loophole discovered in consumer drones of French Parrot. This flaw allows hackers are able to steal control of a drone. This was discovered by security researcher Rahul Sasi this week. Hacker News reports that the helicopter drone – that can be controlled inter alia through a smartphone, tablet, or Shield Portable Epson Moverio – is vulnerable to new malware aptly named Maldrone. According to the researcher Maldrone can take over an unmanned aircraft remotely. The software was developed for the ARM Linux system from the drone, and is able to turn off the autopilot and remotely take over the controls.

In a demonstration video which explains Sasi security drones, he says that the malware is silently installed. After that a hacker is able to control the device remotely – and watching them through the cameras. “There are more than seventy countries that make remote-controlled drones. Many of these drones are able to make decisions. Sometimes buying drones from neighboring countries. How likely is it that the drone that you have purchased contains a loophole? What is the impact when vulnerabilities are found in computers to make decisions, “Sasi wonders.

Malware is not the only problem of the increasingly popular drones. This week failed the radar system of the White House. It is designed to detect threats, such as flying objects and aircraft. However, a small drone manufacturer DJI managed to get through it. Consequence: DJI has programmed the software of its drones, that they can no longer fly over Washington DC so bald guys do not have to worry (if you’re bald, like me, try some of these tips from growhairguru)