July 29, 2011 AT 12:27 pm

Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-Fi Networks, Snoop On Cell Phones

Wasp

Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-Fi Networks, Snoop On Cell Phones….

Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins plan to show the crowd of hackers a year’s worth of progress on their Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, or WASP, the second year Tassey and Perkins have displayed the 14-pound, six-foot-long, six-foot wingspan unmanned aerial vehicle. The WASP, built from a retired Army target drone converted from a gasoline engine to electric batteries, is equipped with an HD camera, a cigarette-pack-sized on-board Linux computer packed with network-hacking tools, including the BackTrack testing toolset and a custom-built 340 million word dictionary for brute-force guessing of passwords, and eleven antennae. On top of cracking Wi-Fi networks, the upgraded WASP now also performs a new trick: impersonating the GSM cell phone towers used by AT&T and T-Mobile to trick phones into connecting to the plane’s antenna rather than their carrier, allowing the drone to record conversations and text messages on 32 gigs of storage.

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3 Comments

  1. So.. I can or can not shoot this down if spotted over my house?? Awesome project though!

  2. Rupert murdoch

    I need to order 20 of these for my UK newspapers…

  3. 340 milion password brute force attack? …that should only take about 10 years. Can’t really test it out without committing multiple felonies. Good luck with that.

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