Hacked from Above? Drone Can Launch DDoS Attacks

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Could wireless sniffing drone planes become a new tactic used by hackers to breach their targets? Perhaps.

During Black Hat’s recent security conference in Las Vegas, researchers Richard Perkins and Mike Tassey displayed a drone plane capable of such attacks. Wired.com recently reported on the matter.

The drone, built for six thousand dollars, contains a computer and is capable of breaching wireless networks, picking up on phone calls, and even launching DDoS attacks. Interestingly enough, to intercept calls, the device poses as a cellphone tower and is also able to forward call information remotely through VOIP technology.

No, the creators aren’t intending to actually use the drone to hack. It’s all done to simply relay a concept of something hackers might seek to use in the future.

Unmanned drone planes are currently used by various militaries of different countries, including the United States. However, such a new concept could introduce new elements to the realm of cyber security. For more information on the drone, visit Wired at http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/08/blackhat-drone/