[ISN] New hacking scenario emerges: Wi-Fi signal-sniffing drones

http://defensesystems.com/articles/2014/08/15/drones-can-hack-wifi-networks.aspx By George Leopold Defense Systems Aug 15, 2014 The next major network security threat could come from the sky, in the form of drones equipped with video cameras and the ability to sniff out mobile devices and their unique identifiers, perhaps even establishing rogue network access points in the sky that could be used to hack sensitive government or corporate networks. That’s the potential threat, according to security specialists and at least one network security company offering detection equipment to address the new threat from the sky posed by network-hacking drones. The inherent openness of Wi-Fi and other wireless networks, along with the proliferation of mobiles devices constantly seeking network connections, provide a tempting target for signal-sniffing drones. Experts stressed that the security perimeter of an office building will now have to include the airspace around the structure, because that airspace can be easily surveyed by drones at standoff distances capable of relaying video about, say, an agency’s wireless infrastructure. In another scenario, security analyst Glenn Wilkinson described how he rigged a “distributed, tracking, profiling and data-interception framework” called “Snoopy” to a quadcopter drone. […]




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