AusCERT 2013: Parrot Drone war

AusCERT 2013: Parrot Drone war

Summary: Munir Kotadia took a Parrot 2.0 Drone to this year's security conference, but things didn't quite go to plan.


Once again, the biggest event on Australia's cybersecurity calendar is winding down.

Having covered this event so many times in the past, this year I wanted to give viewers a new angle, so I brought up Parrot Drone with the hopes of buzzing Graham Ingram during his welcoming address and also getting a bird's eye view of events.

Unfortunately, things didn't quite go to plan.

Everything was looking good on Tuesday. A test flight in the hotel room went well, as did a stealth flyby through the HackLabs tent. I even managed to land it on Gatford's shiny red kombi van.

But then something went wrong.

Had it been hacked? Did it become self-aware? Was it confused by all the wi-fi signals?

Whatever the reason, it disconnected from my iPad, ignored my frantic shouting and waving, and hovered above the Tripwire and Bellridge stands. Just out of my reach.

After minutes of intense battle, the war was finally won.

I hope AusCERT 2013 has been as educational and fun for you as it has been for me.


Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • The same problem ...

    plagued Mythbusters in the past with their remote controlled cars used to test "demolition" type myths. The began to equip the cars with out-of-range shutdowns. It might not be THAT easy with a copter drone, but considering it has four rotors, it might "rotor down" gently if it lost contact and turned the motors off. Apparently they did not put that feature into this toy copter.