It was only a matter of time right? A company at the hacker conference DEF CON made a drone that can hack your computer from the air. And it’s available to buy for $2,500. It scans the world below for insecure devises and vulnerable wifi ports. The company that made it, Aerial Assault claims they built the drone for penetration testing to help military, police and other people diagnose their own weaknesses. They admit though that with a bit of modifying they can install malware without ever entering a building or even touching the ground, essentially dropping “cyber bombs” onto any computer.
The drone could fly around and infect family and corporate computers with malware without anyone ever knowing it. This could be the first of its kind that is publicly available.
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The unnamed drone, which may be the first unmanned aerial penetration tool for sale to the public, was on display at the DEF CON hacker conference here last week. It uses a small Raspberry Pi computer running the Kali Linux penetration tester software with the broadcast range extended by alpha radio antennas. It will retail for $2,500 when the Web site goes up in a few days, its makers say.
“We’ve set it up so it does some basic [penetration] testing stuff and coordinates all that data with GPS coordinates from the flight controller. From that, you can extend it with every type of capability that you want Kali Linux to do,” said David Jordan, a representative from Aerial Assault who was selling it on the floor at the DEF CON conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.
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