Researchers Use Drone to Carry Out Airborne Hacking

Two security researchers exhibited their genius at the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas this week by turning a spare US Army drone plane into a sophisticated, airborne hacking tool.

Richard Perking and Mike Tassey, the two security consultants for the US intelligence community and Wall Street firms came up with this innovative idea, which has the potential to infiltrate into Wi Fi networks, launches airborne DOS (denial of service) attacks, and even intercepts phone calls.

The pair designed their WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform) drone “as a proof of concept to show what criminals, terrorists and others might also soon be using for their nefarious activities,"

Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins, security consultants to Wall Street firms and the U.S. intelligence community, built their Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP) drone "as a proof of concept to show what criminals, terrorists and others might also soon be using for their nefarious activities," according to a Wired report.

The concept was originally demonstrated by Chris Paget at the 2010 edition of the DefCon hacker conference. According to the Perkins and Tassey, the WASP drone was designed with an IMSI Catcher and antenna.