Like all things technological in nature, the first prototypes are large and often unwieldy so it is no surprise that the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) drone is nearly six feet in length although it cost a mere $6,000 to build. It can sniff and intercept Wi-Fi and mobile phone signals while simultaneously launching denial of service attacks. I will give it less than 24 months before the same capabilities can be found in a delivery mechanism one-fifth the size with the ability to remain aloft for over three hours. Whether it would be used for true cyber-terrorism or garden variety industrial espionage, this heralds a new era of hacking.
- Security Researchers at Black Hat conference show off aerial drone that can fool mobile phones and more (slashgear.com)
- DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks (go.theregister.com)
- “Built from an old Air Force target drone, the WASP packs… (new-aesthetic.tumblr.com)
- “The WASP, built from a retired Army target drone converted from a gasoline engine to electric…” (whuffie.tumblr.com)
- Homemade drone to help phone and Wi-Fi hackers (newscientist.com)