Denial-of-service attacks against the Parrot ANAFI drone

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Abstract: As the IoT market continues to grow, so does the need for secure wireless communication. Drones have become a popular gadget among both individuals and various industries during the last decade, and the popularity continues to grow. Some drones use Wi-Fi technology for communication, such as the Parrot ANAFI, which introduces many of the same security threats that are frequently found in general IoT. Therefore, this report covers a common group of cyberattacks, known as denial-of-service attacks, their effects on the Parrot ANAFI, and their ease of use. A threat model was created to have an overview of the system architecture, and all of the identified threats were assessed using DREAD. All of the software tools used in this report can be found for free on the Internet using search engines and simple key words. The results showed that the drone is generally secure, but it is vulnerable to a certain denial-of-service attack, which can open the door to multiple attack surfaces if the password for the drone’s Wi-Fi is not strong enough. Some suggestions for mitigating these threats are presented at the end of the report. 

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