3G Enabled AR.DronesA while back, I told you about my new toy called the AR.Drone by Parrot. It’s basically an inexpensive quadcopter that includes 2 cameras, can fly indoors & outdoors, and can be controlled from your cellphone orĀ  tablet. Well, in my case, I can now control my drone from my computer as well using a small C# application I wrote. But, none of the things I’ve done so far can compare to what I’m about to share with you.

Theodore Reed, Joseph Geis, and Sven Dietrich have created the ultimate, low cost hacking drone. They have modified a standard $300 Parrot quadcopter to include a 3G card, GPS unit, and 2 WiFi cards so that it can be controlled from anywhere in the world. The drone can be flown into populated areas where it can sniff out wireless networks and initiate a break-in. Once they’ve successfully penetrated a network, they locate computers that are on those networks, commence an attack against them, and install a botnet client on each machine. Then, those computers are used by a botmaster to do whatever bidding they have in store for their zombies.

I know it all sounds like something right out of a science fiction novel, but it’s really happening. If you think about it, it’s actually the most secure way of adding zombie nodes to a botnet as even if someone snags the drone, there’s still no easy way of linking the drone back to the botmaster. I can just picture swarms of these things flying around down town infecting everyone as they go. You can read more at https://db.usenix.org/events/woot11/tech/final_files/Reed.pdf.

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