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Alert: New Electromagnetic Attacks on Drones Could Let Attackers Take Control

June 28, 2023

Drones that don’t have any known security weaknesses could be the target of electromagnetic fault injection (EMFI) attacks, potentially enabling a threat actor to achieve arbitrary code execution and compromise their functionality and safety.

The research comes from IOActive, which found that it is “feasible to compromise the targeted device by injecting a specific EM glitch at the right time during a firmware update.”

“This would allow an attacker to gain code execution on the main processor, gaining access to the Android OS that implements the core functionality of the drone,” Gabriel Gonzalez, director of hardware security at the company, said in a report published this month.

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