SkyNET has arrived to crack your Wi-Fi network from above

parrot_ARDrone_hacking

Adapted from a $300 Parrot AR.Drone quadricopter, the SkyNET drone has been constructed by a group of scientists at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The Terminator-inspired machine is equipped with an injection-enabled Wi-Fi card that has the ability to scan, attack, record and join Wi-Fi networks in the area. A second Wi-Fi card communicated with an Ad-hoc wireless network to receive drone commands. The drone contains an extremely light single board computer using the Linux operating system. The drone is also outfitted with a 3G connection for flight operation as well as a GPS receiver to transmit latitude, longitude, and altitude. The GPS receiver also allows for a predetermined flight plan to be programmed before takeoff. 

hacking-droneWhen accessing a wireless network from the air, the drone can be be used to convert computers on the network into botnets and use those infected computers for denial-of-service attacks as well as other malicious uses. The technical additions to the drone can be purchased for about $250 to $275, making this project just under $600 in total cost. The average battery life for the drone with all hacking features turned on is approximately 10 minutes and the average speed of about 4 meters per second allows the drone to travel nearly 2 miles at a time. In addition, the drone can land at a predetermined spot to conserve battery power and continue hacking networks in the area.

The group tested the drone on a one block perimeter in Manhattan, NY, but had to wait for specific weather patterns for the test flights. High winds or more serious inclement weather will ground the drone. A similar device was recently displayed in Nevada during a hacking convention. Adapted to a large remote-controlled plane, the drone was able to brute force attack Wi-Fi networks as well at AT&T and TMobile cell towers to potentially record conversations.

Emerging Tech

How MIT hacked horticulture to cultivate a hyper-flavorful basil plant

At MIT, Caleb Harper used his personal food computers to alter the climate in which he grew basil. Exposing it light for 24 hours a day changed the flavor profile of the plant, making it spicier and stronger.
Product Review

4K in home security is finally here, thanks to Arlo’s Ultra UHD smart cam

The 4K home security camera is finally here! Class-leading image clarity and a super-wide field of vision makes Arlo Ultra an early contender for the year’s best smart cam. While there are definite quirks to the device, the device…
Home Theater

Banish the buffer screen with these tips for silky smooth streaming video

If you’ve been having troubles with streaming Internet videos from Netflix and other services in HD, the problem may be your network. Here’s how to make sure your streaming video experience goes smoothly.
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Nikon Z 7: When megapixels matter, which do you choose?

The 47-megapixels Lumix S1R and 46-megapixel Nikon Z 7 are the two highest-resolution, full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. The S1R features a high-resolution mode that can take 187MP images, but the Nikon is lighter and cheaper.
Photography

Nikon Z 7 vs. Sony A7R III: High-res mirrorless cameras compared

The Nikon Z 7 and Sony A7R III both have over 40 megapixels, but which one comes out on top? With similar image quality, the answer comes down to speed, autofocus, battery life, and design.
Emerging Tech

Sweden is building a road that recharges electric buses that drive over it

The Swedish transport administration is exploring special roads which will charge vehicles’ batteries as they drive over them. It will test the idea with a short sample stretch of road.
Emerging Tech

Scientists manage to 3D print an actual heart using human cells

Scientists at Tel Aviv University have achieved a world-first by 3D printing a small-scale heart, complete with blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers. Here's why that's so exciting.
Emerging Tech

Drown out noisy neighbors and rest easy with these white noise machines

Some people are more sensitive to sound during sleep than others. Luckily, there are a number of white noise machines on the market to mask the noise. Here are our five of our current favorites.
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and others that do ... nothing particularly useful.
Emerging Tech

Watch a pack of SpotMini robot dogs perform a terrifying feat of strength

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robotic dog is now going around in packs, and the results are somewhat concerning. Check out the video to see what kind of shenanigans 10 of them got up to recently ...
Emerging Tech

Notre Dame fire: How drones and a robot called Colossus helped limit the damage

The fire that devastated the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday shocked many around the world. In a bid to prevent even worse damage to the structure, Paris firefighters opted to deploy drones and a robot called Colossus.
Emerging Tech

New gunfire-detection system alerts police of shooters in seconds, not minutes

The Safe Zone Gunfire Detector is a fast gunfire-detection system that could help avert potential tragedies in public places like schools, malls, or anywhere a mass shooting might occur.
Emerging Tech

NASA chooses a special spot for its next crewed moon landing

Following the U.S. government's announcement last month of a desire to see American astronauts set foot on the moon again in the next five years, NASA has revealed a location on the lunar surface where it would most like to land.
Emerging Tech

Adidas has created a running shoe that’s made to be remade

Adidas has unveiled the Futurecraft Loop running shoe that it claims is the first performance footwear to be 100% recyclable. The shoe is the latest green initiative by the sportswear company and will go on sale in 2021.