Accurately pinpoint malicious drone operators

1 August 2020 News

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have determined how to pinpoint the location of a drone operator who may be operating maliciously or harmfully near airports or protected airspace by analysing the flight path of the drone.

Drones (small commercial unmanned aerial systems) pose significant security risks due to their agility, accessibility and low cost. As a result, there is a growing need to develop methods for detection, localisation and mitigation of malicious and other harmful aircraft operation.

The paper, which was led by senior lecturer and drone expert Dr. Gera Weiss from BGU’s Department of Computer Science, was presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Cyber Security, Cryptography and Machine Learning (CSCML 2020) on July 3rd.

“Currently, drone operators are located using RF techniques and require sensors around the flight area which can then be triangulated,” says lead researcher Eliyahu Mashhadi, a BGU computer science student. “This is challenging due to the amount of other Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and IoT signals in the air that obstruct drone signals.”

The researchers trained a deep neural network to predict the location of drone operators, using only the path of the drones, which does not require additional sensors. “Our system can now identify patterns in the drone's route when the drone is in motion, and use it to locate the drone operator,” Mashhadi says.

When tested in simulated drone paths, the model was able to predict the operator location with 78% accuracy. The next step in the project would be to repeat this experiment with data captured from real drones.

“Now that we know we can identify the drone operator location, it would be interesting to explore what additional data can be extracted from this information,” says Dr. Yossi Oren, a senior lecturer in BGU's Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering and head of the Implementation Security and Side-Channel Attacks Lab, who also contributed to the research. “Possible insights would include the technical experience level and even precise identity of the drone operator.”




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

From the editor's desk: Take identity seriously
Issue 8 2020, Technews Publishing , News
The list of companies subject to data breaches continues to grow, both in Africa and beyond. The dangerous part is that in Africa, including South Africa (at the moment), the companies do not have to ...

Read more...
Free-flow smart weapons detection system
Issue 8 2020, XPro Security Solutions , News, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
Detecting people carrying weapons and preventing them from entering your venue is now possible, without sacrificing the visitor experience.

Read more...
Net2 integrates with additional thermal scanners
Issue 8 2020, Paxton Access , News, Access Control & Identity Management
Paxton has updated Net2 to include six new thermal temperature scanning integrations to assist in managing the pandemic.

Read more...
App Challenge winners
Issue 8 2020 , News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Security & Safety Things announced the winners of App Challenge for innovation in AI-enabled smart camera applications.

Read more...
ONVIF introduces Profile M Release Candidate
Issue 7 2020 , News
ONVIF has introduced its Profile M Release Candidate for standardising the communication of metadata and event handling of analytics for smart applications.

Read more...
First Distribution to distribute Video Storage Solutions
Issue 8 2020 , News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, IT infrastructure
First Distribution has signed an agreement to distribute the entire Video Storage Solutions (VSS) product line of video surveillance appliances.

Read more...
Ring Africa launches new cameras in SA
Issue 8 2020 , News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Smart Home Automation
Ring Africa has officially launched a range of indoor and outdoor home security cameras in South Africa.

Read more...
VisionPass wins SIA award
Issue 8 2020, IDEMIA , News, Access Control & Identity Management
IDEMIA announced that VisionPass, its newly launched advanced facial recognition device, won the SIA New Product Showcase Award.

Read more...
Liquid Telecom unveils Cybersecurity unit
Issue 8 2020 , News, Cyber Security
Liquid Telecom has unveiled its Cybersecurity unit, which offers end-to-end managed services for digital security solutions.

Read more...
T-Systems and Fortinet launch cyber academy
Issue 7 2020 , News
T-Systems South Africa will be introducing cybersecurity education programmes to create a specialised Cyber Security Academy incorporated into the organisation’s existing ICT Academy.

Read more...