Towards detection and control of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Computer and Security Science/ECU Security Research Institute




This article was originally published as: Peacock, M., & Johnstone, M. N. (2013). Towards detection and control of civilian unmanned aerial vehicles. In the Proceedings of the 14th Australian Information Warfare Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, 2nd-4th December, 2013. (pp. 9-15). Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute. Original article available here


Considering the significant number of non‐military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be purchased to operate in unregulated air space and the range of such devices, the potential for security and privacy problems to arise is significant. This can lead to consequent harm for critical infrastructure in the event of these UAVs being used for criminal or terrorist purposes. Further, if these devices are not being detected, there is a privacy problem to be addressed as well. In this paper we test a specific UAV, the Parrot AR Drone version 2, and present a forensic analysis of tests used to deactivate or render the device inoperative. It was found that these devices are open to attack, which means they could be controlled by a third party.

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