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Drones carrying smartphones can hack your printer documents

Drones carrying smartphones can hack your printer documents

It's a scary thought, hackers being able to intercept our important and private documents. But news from a group of researchers in Singapore indicates that printer-hacking drones may be the new cyberweapon.

All a hacker needs is a smartphone, a remote-controlled drone and a Wi-Fi capable printer.

If the drone is able to fly within 30 meters of the printer, it can intercept the documents sent over the Wi-Fi signal and divert them to the hackers' own computer or printer.

The hacker straps on the smartphone, equipped with two specially designed applications, and hovers in the airspace above the printer. The apps work together to break into the Wi-Fi signal and overrun the printer's normal functions.

This study is important because it can tell researchers how to prevent drone-based hacks.

"This is the main point of the research, closing the physical gap with [a] drone in order to launch the attack or scan easily all the organization [for vulnerable devices]," Yuval Elovici, head of iTrust, a cybersecurity research center at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, told Slate.

A drone-based attack of this type hasn't been recorded outside of scientific research, but we'll keep you up to date if one does occur. So make sure you're staying tuned to what's Happening Now for all of the latest details.

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Source: Slate
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