Ronald Broberg

Ronald Broberg

Hack our Drone

  Saturday, 24 February

  180 mins


The Dark Wolf 'Hack Our Drone' workshop provides participants the ability to learn hands-on cybersecurity testing techniques for evaluating Unmanned Autonomous Systems. The workshop includes a full Unmanned Autonomous System test target composed of a BeagleBone Blue Flight Vehicle (UAV), a Ground Control System (GCS), and a MAVLink over 802.11 WiFi Communications system. The workshop includes both instructor assistance and detailed lab manuals to guide participants through a series of tasks to discover and exploit cybersecurity weaknesses in the UAS. Tasks include firmware analysis, network service exploitation, password cracking, elevation of privilege, and UAV over-the-air hijacks. Participants are expected to bring a laptop with either Kali Linux installed or one that can boot a Kali Linux Live USB drive.


This workshop is divided into three hands-on modules:

  1. Ground Control System
  2. Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle
  3. Radio Communications

Each module includes tasks involved in describing the component, collecting software, analyzing for security vulnerabilities, and demonstrating exploits against those vulnerabilities. These tasks are drawn from our real-world experiences as cyber professionals providing security analysis of Uncrewed Aerial Systems in both commercial and governmental sectors.