Ukrainian hackers "laid down" Russian software for drones: a battle in cyberspace
Ukrainian cyber security experts, together with the IT ARMY team, successfully neutralized a Russian drone control program used for war-making powers.
Hackers of the Kyiv intelligence "disabled" Russian drone software
Attack on the Russian drone control system
Joint command of the Main Directorate intelligence of Ukraine and the IT ARMY conducted a successful cyber attack that led to the shutdown of the Russian drone control program. This software was used by the Russians to modify DJI drones in order to use them in combat operations.
Error: access to servers is denied
As a result of a cyberattack, Ukrainian hackers blocked the servers that are responsible for the "own-alien" system. Now all software is recognized as "foreign" and Russian operators are not allowed to access the system. This means that the ability to control drones from remotes is unlikely.
The spread of DJI drones on the front
Cyber security masters from the IT ARMY emphasize that such a gap in the control of drones can lead to delays in combat operations, especially when it comes to the supply of new DJI brand drones. These drones are quite common on the front, so it will take some time for the enemy to transfer them to the backup software update channels.
Expectations of the adversary
The IT ARMY team predicts that the adversary will look for quick solutions to solve of this problem, including changes to manual drone control mode. However, unlocking full access to the servers can take a long time, so Ukrainian cyber security experts will be able to quickly determine from which servers the Russians are carrying out their actions.
- IT ARMY is a Ukrainian group of cyber security and IT experts.
- UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles.
- DJI is a well-known manufacturer of drones and cameras for photo and video recording.
- The command post is the center of control and coordination of actions.
- Message in the Telegram channel of the Department of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
- Messages in Telegram channel IT ARMY