We told you there would be much more scary news coming out of DefCon, and we were right. Now there's a new autonomous drone for sale to the public that can hunt down and hack unsecured Wi-Fi networks, gadgets and computers.
They say it's not for criminals, but it's pretty darn easy to adjust the drone to download viruses on computers.
The company Aerial Assault is responsible for the new type of drone that was unleashed on the public last week at the DefCon cybersecurity conference. The drone is meant to be a tool for security research companies used to fly over areas and scan for insecure gadgets and Wi-Fi connections.
“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 [the drone] to do,” David Jordan, a representative from Aerial Assault, told Defense One reporters while at the Las Vegas conventions.
The downside of this seemingly harmless drone is that the software used to test for vulnerabilities can be modified to install viruses rather than search for them.
Hackers and security teams alike can purchase this flying cyberassault gadget for a whopping $2,500 on the Aerial Assault website later this week. Once it's available to the public, it's only a matter of time before someone with bad intentions gets their hands on it.