Was my drone hacked? Bugs 2 B2W Drone.fly away.

Was my drone hacked? Bugs 2 B2W Drone.fly away.

While I was out flying my bugs 2 B2W Drone a few days ago, I experienced something every Drone operator fears known as a fly away.
At the time of this misfortune I had locked on to 11 satellites, so I didn’t think anything could go wrong, but when I let go of my forward lever, and my Drone continued to fly away, it became apparent that something or someone other than me seemed to be in control, and that was the last time I ever saw my Drone.

Since this Drone is known to loose altitude as it moves along a horizontal plane, I attempted to climb higher as my Drone was headed towards distant trees, but I could not see any detectable response.

One of my viewers suggested my compass calibration might have been distorted by near by a near by metal object, and since it was made on a bridge I considered this, but since my drone appeared to be flying away on its own in a no wind situation, I don’t think that would apply.

I also wondered if there might have been an interference signal disabling my Drone from the transmissions of controller, or perhaps another Drone operator near by on the same frequency.

The drone I lost was as bugs 2 B2W with GPS, FTP, auto return home and brushless motors. Other than the fact that I lost it, when it did work it was sure a lot of fun, and a pretty good deal for 163 bucks.

23 Comments

  1. DENNIS N on August 5, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    just like everything else, there maybe Drone pirates out there

  2. Deaf Drone on August 5, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Sorry you lost your drone. Actually WiFi signals can affect the transmission between the TX(controller) and the drone. Also anything giving off electromagnetic fields can affect the GPS and compass settings. It is imperative when calibrating a GPS drone to not do so near metal objects. Even car keys can affect the compass headings. Flyaways can happen with any drone, even ones costing thousands of dollars. And signals are generally better at higher altitudes without obstructions such as trees and buildings. Losing orientation is another reason for flyaways, not knowing which way the drone is facing can cause confusion. And the operator is actually pushing the sticks in the wrong direction to control to retrieve the drone. Another type of interference is KP (fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic fields). If you buy another drone I suggest you check into UAV forecast it’s a great online tool and app that gives you all kinds of information as well as the KP index. If you have any questions drop by my channel and leave me a comment, I would be glad to help. Don’t let this one bad experience keep you from the fun hobby of drones.

  3. Michael Johnson on August 5, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Hacked!Yep!It’s happened 2me with my b2w! Some one was controlling my drone! Sucks

  4. Bret H on August 5, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Military interference possibly? For instance I noticed when I’m at the top of the bridge in San Diego Bay my cell system tries to change to Mexico line of sight I guess

  5. Michael Katt on August 5, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I have been flying RC (mostly airplanes and helicopters) since high school, almost 40 years, gosh I am getting old. Excuse my soap box but I do have a few things to share. First and foremost is safety, you are only suppose to fly your models at  sanctioned AMA fields and you need to have AMA insurance. That drone went somewhere and could of hit a car, a house or even a person. Second, you need to affix your name and contact information on the model, most likely inside the battery compartment. Back in the day we took these rules seriously but with the advent of low cost equipment everyone that has 2 spare nickels are flying them all over the place, it is the wild west and it is only a matter of time before something serious happens. Back to your issue, radio interference usually manifests itself initially as glitches, random momentary twitchy behavior that you can recover from. When one notices this they are suppose fly back and land. Newer system have a fail safe hold feature but again you would experience random twitchiness prior to the failsafe kicking in, also you said that you had the GPS enable model and those are suppose to fly back to home if it totally loses the RF link. Lastly, I think all RC radios are spread spectrum which all but eliminates RF interference, so it is my opinion that you had electronic failure as opposed to RF interference.

  6. jjhack3r on August 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Damn that sucks..

  7. HVAC1 on August 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Put a beacon transmitter on it.

  8. Tradie Trev on August 5, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Wasn’t in a path of a p2p link? I’m no drone guy but higher frequencies can do all sorts of strange things, like if you stuck a router on top of your microwave they generally kick you off the air.

  9. Ron Martin on August 5, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve had 12 different quad copters and one thing is for sure, some come out of the box with glitches in the software. No wifi signal, sluggish or unresponsive to control inputs, rth funtion won’t work, motors stop mid flight, and trim function not working. Some of them are just junk. I’ve had two of the same units where one works great and the other is crap. Hit and miss with these things even in the higher price range.

  10. Az Usmb on August 5, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Dave,
    Looks like Bugs 2’s have a flyaway problem.
    Check this video , et al.:
    "MJX Bugs 2, Mine flew away already! But it was my fault, this is what I did wrong."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH0Uph8YpCM

    -Stan

  11. Sootikins on August 5, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    This makes me want to hurry up and get a self driving car! XD I think not.

  12. GW Robinson on August 5, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Guessing the name in the top left corner says it all "Bugs"

  13. Illanati Illy on August 5, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Did u screen record I fly mine in Bronx ny heavy WiFi populated no problem I ask was it windy did it hit something on Rth

  14. david robinson on August 5, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I got a Force1 F200 which is essentially the same thing. It flew great for the first dozen or so flights, even the RTH worked twice when some higher altitude wind took it so far away I could barely see it. Then yesterday, 8 Jan 20, I launched it straight up to ~100′, I was in mode 2 and pushed right stick forward, the drone flew straight for maybe 15 seconds then stopped and began moving slowly backwards. I went neutral on the throttle, then pushed forward again and the drone side slipped to the right. I had to turn it around and fly it backwards to land.

    Four more subsequent flights did the same thing. On the last flight it rose maybe three feet up and went into a tight spiral to the right. I contacted Force1 via email but have not heard anything from them yet.

  15. steve c on August 5, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    The problem was it’s a cheap drone!

  16. Walt's Channel on August 5, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Wow, interesting. I have no clue….OK, wait, just got a clue. Apparently drone hacking is a thing… Here are a couple articles about it. It seems many drones are very suspicious to it, and the solution is better encryption of the commands sent to it.
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/drone-gone-in-11-ms/14692/&ved=2ahUKEwio3uylgqrcAhVkGDQIHc9OB5EQFjACegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw0_zGJaktbhTwSC3EeMREhx

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.skyhopper.biz/drone-security&ved=2ahUKEwio3uylgqrcAhVkGDQIHc9OB5EQFjABegQIABAB&usg=AOvVaw2al_tGz0B5Iv2VTUzOmDAw

  17. Boonedock Journeyman on August 5, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Having admired your work for years, I finally have a word. In my area a group called “River Keepers” are hunting drones in common flight areas. One trusted source tells me they use std xm/rx rigs from the kits and tack on an RF amp. They hide a few 100 feet in both directions from the common launch sites and crash vehicles. They do it in an area long enough to get talk going then move on. Here they are targeting the vehicles sold at two big box stores.

  18. Ashish Amatya on August 5, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    there’s hubsan h501s that flys so much better. It looks similar to b2w but better camera and better controller

  19. John Evans on August 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I got a bugs2 and it .does the same

  20. Gatorproof on August 5, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I am a Bugs 2 owner also.. I really don’t think you were hacked.. The B2s are subject to some strange behavior indeed.. Lost mine from launch.. it launced and went to the left and if someone had not returned it, twice, I would not still have it. After checking ever clue from the community ..they decided it was a bad receiver board.. but here is what I found.. wire came lose from compass.. to board.. then when those body shells are installed,, it is easy for the pin the secures the top and the bottom right at the motor to wing spot..the plastic guide pin can actually strip the motor wire insulation and in the right circumstances short against each other intermittently.. also nearly impossible to find at first..

    The reason I have always gotten my lost birds back is because before I ever install my first battery.. I put on return for reward stickers with my phone on them.. I also screen capture every flight.. watching where you crash has saved my drone s a few times..

    finally,, look at DJI Spark for next bird.. They have a great find my drone feature .. almost half of original price now,, always buy a dji refurb.. same as new warranty .. sorry about you loss

  21. Evan Taylor on August 5, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I have lost three! That right! three of them. RTH failsafe didnt help either! Potensic D80’s aka B2SE are prone to signal interferance from wifi and power lines, I dont fly around here anymore, I go to a big field now but still get signal lost sometimes.

  22. didactylos4 diddy4 on August 5, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    To have "hacked" your Bugs2 and control it someone would have had to have identified the quad as a Bugs 2w in the air had the relevant app on their device, identified the wifi hotspot correctly and logged into it and had the right transmitter in order to overpower yours (I don’t think the bugs 2 requires a password to connect to the hotspot but it’s been a while since I’ve flown the one I had)
    Doing all of that literally "on the fly" would take a very competent, very prepared and very quick hacker. Even a deliberate attempt at RF jamming should have triggered a return to home scenario as would most interference.

    Whilst not impossible it is very unlikely I think and it is far more likely to have resulted from an internal fault. They do still happen (if rarely for most quads)
    Don’t let it put you off too much

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