Drone Wars

Drone Wars Competition

The Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences in conjunction with the U.S. Army is pleased to announce our upcoming Drone Wars competition.

Your entry fee will include tickets to BloomCon.

The goal is to take over a Wi-Fi connected drone and fly it through an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time. The event will be held during our BloomCON Security Conference.

We are planning for two competition classifications. Given enough entries, one bracket will be high school teams and another will be an open event. Teams of at most three individuals will hack into and command a Wi-Fi controlled “quadcopter” drone that we provide. The team that hacks into the drone and flies it through an obstacle course in the shortest amount will win. We will supply the drones so that all teams start on an equal footing. We will supply the specifications of the drones, but we will keep the actual manufactory a secret until the day of the competition. We will provide all the equipment needed (laptops, Wi-Fi, etc.) for the competition.

Drone Specifications

Processor: ARM Cortex A8 processor 1GHz 32 bit with 800MHz video DSP TMS320DMC64x,

RAM: 1GB DDR2 RAM at 200MHz,  OS: Linux 2.6.32

Drone Hacking Resources

How can Drones be Hacked?  Updated list of vulnerable drones & attack tools

DROP (DRone Open Source Parser) your drone:  Forensic analysis of the DJI Phantom III

How to test a drone for vulnerabilities

Supplies required for drone hacking
1. Drone
2. A device to control it with initially, such as an iPad, kindle, android, etc.
3. Laptop running kali Linux either as the host OS or virtualized.
4. One to two wireless card(s) that work for both monitor mode and packet injection.
5. Programming help- GitHub: skyjack or  smokeintheshell

illustration of Carver Hall

Drone Wars Contacts