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Attacking DSMx Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopping RC Drone Protcol

by Jonathan Andersson, Trend Micro

The popularity and public use of radio controlled drones is increasing rapidly. Globally we have already seen several high profile incidents including shootings, radiological scares, interference with public services, airport closures, etc. The security of popular drone protocols is examined in this presentation with a focus on a market leader, DSMx. This frequency hopping, direct sequence spread spectrum protocol is uniquely complex and presents specific challenges to the reversing process, the highlights of which will be discussed. Uniquely identifying a remote drone operator based on recorded radio data will also be discussed. A live demonstration of drone hijacking will be given wherein a target is taken over in flight allowing the attacker full control of the drone while the victim has none.

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