Recreational Drones are spreading all over the world. The
official DJI website statistics indicate DJI drones were flying in six
continents last year. According to Global Market Insights, the consumer drone market is
forecast to be valued at 9 billion USD by 2024 and the number of drone
shipments is set to quadruple to 29 million drones shipped globally by 2021,
according to BI Intelligence report. The consumer drone market is driven
by the increasing awareness and understanding of the benefit of drone
technology as well as the relatively low price.
Drones are great toys or assistants when used for good, but they can be easily
converted into devices trafficking illegal goods, attacking critical infrastructure, causing flight disruptions , terror attacks and for other nefarious
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux (CEO), Parrot SA is today
the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Building on
its positioning as a pioneer and Europe’s leading drone group, Parrot SA has
been developing its drone offering for commercial markets since 2012, combining
a range of solutions around hardware (drones and sensors), software and
services. In 2017, the company’s revenue around a single operating segment
(Drones) was 151,871 thousand euro.
Today Parrot, the world’s number 2 of the consumer drone
market, designs drones known for their high performance and ease of
use. DJI is the current market leader, but Parrot is quickly gaining momentum.
offers both amateur and professional drones that include the following models:
Parrot ANAFI, Parrot Mambo, Parrot Bebop and Parrot Bluegrass.
Oxygen Forensic Detective is the only digital forensic tool
that offers investigators the most robust features to extract digital evidence
from various Parrot drone sources, parse and decode data, and present it in a easily
readable form. It covers all three main sources of drone evidence.
So let’s imagine that you have a Parrot drone and you have to
analyze the data . Unlike some DJI drones you cannot currently
connect our software via USB cable and conduct a physical extraction.
What you can do is to import flight logs that can be extracted
from the drone physical dump (obtaining by invasive or non-invasive means) or
the drone mobile app data and parse the following artifacts:
- Geo coordinates with time stamps
- Metadata that includes altitude,
velocity, ground speed, Wi-Fi signal, battery level, and the number of satellites connected.
- Separate flights and flight summary
that if flight logs were deleted by the drone itself they can be automatically
recovered in our software.
Since drones can be controlled by their respective apps via
Android or iOS-based smartphones and tablets, these apps may contain additional
or identical information received from the drones. With these apps, users not
only can fly a drone, but also film and easily share their aerial photos and
videos. If you do not have the drone, or the flight data cannot be extracted we
recommend you acquire the drone owner’s mobile device and check it for
installed drone apps.
Oxygen Forensic Detective extracts official Parrot FreeFlight
6 and FreeFlight Pro apps from both from Apple iOS and Android devices. Data on
Apple iOS devices can be accessed with a simple logical extraction. However, for
Android devices, a physical acquisition will be required.
The artifacts that are recovered include:
- Account information
- Devices used by this account
- Detailed drone logs with geo
coordinates, time stamps and metadata.
In fact, flight logs collected from drone mobile apps contain
the same data that can be found in drone physical dumps.
Drone data can be
transmitted and stored in the drone manufacturer’s cloud. This additional data
represents a separate challenge since manual extraction is usually either
extremely complicated or simply not possible due to the lack of documented
Detective offers the exclusive opportunity to acquire data from My.Parrot
account via login/password or token. The password to My.Parrot account can be detected
in desktop web browsers by our KeyScout utility and the account token is
automatically found in FreeFlight Pro app installed in Apple iOS and Android
The following information can be acquired from the cloud:
- Account information
- Drone information including its
- Flight logs that store geo
coordinates, time stamps, speed, flight height, battery level, Wi-Fi signal and
other data. These Cloud logs are equal to the ones from a drone mobile app.