July 29, 2011

WASP: The Linux-Powered Flying Spy Drone that Cracks Wi-Fi & GSM Networks

Geek.com takes a peek at the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP), which is a repurposed US Army unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) outfitted to intercept WiFi and GSM. It will be demonstrated at the upcoming Black Hat and DEFCON security conferences. "If you happen to see this yellow drone flying above your neighborhood you’d be right to be concerned. WASP is equipped with the tools to crack Wi-Fi network passwords made possible by an on-board VIA EPIA Pico-ITX PC running BackTrack Linux equipped with 32GB of storage to record information. BackTrack offers a full suite of digital forensics and penetration testing tools making it a good fit for this setup. [...] WASP can also act as a GSM network antenna meaning it will be able to eavesdrop on calls/text messages made over that network by any phone deciding to connect through it."

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