Just in time to ride the publicity wave created by Amazon Prime’s Delivery Drones, infamous MySpace hacker Samy Kamkar has created a flying drone that can hack other drones and take over control of them. Before you grab your bug-out bag and head to that bunker in Montana, it may ease your fears somewhat to understand the drones in question are of the toy variety, versus the death-dealing military variety. The popular Parrot AR Drone is controlled from an iPad or iPhone via unencrypted Wi-Fi, a feature that Mr. Kamkar takes full advantage of in his miniature drone predator, aptly dubbed, “Skyjack“.
What this means for you:
While Skyjack is a long ways away from hacking the various UCAVs that are in extensive use around the world, it’s not hard to imagine how this could escalate the high-tech arms race fueled by the highly-publicized arrival of combat drones in the Afghanistan invasion. The idea behind Skyjack is a drone that can hunt out other Parrot AR Drones autonomously and enslave them. Fly Skyjack into a park where enthusiastic drone pilots are taking their Parrots for a spin, and the more unscrupulous Skyjack pilot can steal away the $300 devices in a blinking of an LED. Now extend that idea to a drone that can fly around neighborhoods, hunting out unsecured Wi-Fi networks or routers, hacking them, logging their locations, and then returning to its owner with map and database of ripe targets. Have I frightened you enough yet to get you to change the password on your home router to something a bit harder to guess?
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