Greetings My Fellow Hackers,
It is with sadness that I bring to you this little revelation I came across while doing my normal Internet News surfing. Our own Hacking Team who got hacked recently have been discovered to be engaged in Drone Weaponry.
Email Leaks from the Hacking Team have revealed that a robotic aircraft has been developed by the spyware company to attack computers, smartphones and devices that use the Internet through Wi-Fi networks.
A Little Revision On Snoopy
Snoopy ( SensePost ), the hacking drone that can hack smartphones and steal personal data, all without a user's knowledge by exploiting handsets looking for a wireless signals.
Now, the email conversations posted on WikiLeaks website reveal that both Boeing and Hacking Team want unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) called Drones to carry out attacks that inject spyware into target computers or mobile phones via WiFi.
The U.S. drone company Boeing subsidiary Insitu intern became interested in using surveillance drones to deliver Hacking Team's Remote Control System Galileo for even more surveillance.
Among the emails, co-founder Marco Valleri gave a roadmap of projects that Hacking Team have underway, including Tactical Network Injector (TNI) — a piece of hardware designed to inject malicious code into Wi-Fi networks, making it act as a malicious access point to launch man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks or exploits.
To develop a way to infect computers via drone, Hacking Team employee Andrea Di Pasquale was given a task of developing a "mini-TNI":
- Transportable by a drone
How The Drone Attacks Its Target
Should a target make use of a public Wifi network in a hotel or a coffee shop to connect his/her device to the Internet, the drone could intercept the traffic and inject the malicious code that secretly installs Hacking Team spyware.
The mini-TNI request was originated from the US-based Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing that makes a range of unmanned aircraft systems, including the small ScanEagle surveillance drone and RQ-21A Blackjack.
A Message From Venneri To The Hacking Team
"We see potential in integrating your Wi-Fi hacking capability into an airborne system drone and would be interested in starting a conversation with one of your engineers Hacking Team staff to go over, in more depth, the payload capabilities including the detailed size, weight, and power specs of your Galileo System." - Giuseppe
Is The National Security Agency Involved
The email conversation was still in the early stages as of the Hacking Team's leak, so you do not have to worry about drones. Also, it is not clear as to who the customers for the Hacking team's spying drones would be.
Though the NSA is very much fond of spyware and surveillance software, there are chances that NSA or other United States agencies would line up as customers of the Hacking Team's Spying drones. Now, you don't have to be surprised if drones are eventually doing a lot more than just snapping pictures.
So What Now ?
We just wait for World War III ( 3 ). You know we try everyday to keep our devices unhackable and unreachable from hackers and the government but the very systems we use everyday are our own very weaknesses. We can't do away with Technology now but what we can do is try harder to make our systems secure. How can we make our systems secure when we can't control them or instruct them. From the bottom of my heart, A little word:
Lets hear your views and thoughts on this Unmanned Drones.