1. Post #1
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    Dennab
    May 2007
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    Last year at the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas, a former Air Force cyber security contractor and a former Air Force engineering systems consultant displayed their 14-pound, six-foot-long unmanned aerial vehicle, WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform). Last year it was a work in progress, but next week when they unveil an updated WASP they’ll be showing off a functioning homemade spy drone that can sniff out Wi-Fi networks, autonomously crack passwords, and even eavesdrop on your cell phone calls by posing as a cell tower.

    WASP is built from a retired Army target drone, and creators Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins have crammed all kinds of technology aboard, including an HD camera, a small Linux computer packed with a 340-million-word dictionary for brute-forcing passwords as well as other network hacking implements, and eleven different antennae. Oh, and it’s autonomous; it requires human guidance for takeoff and landing, but once airborne WASP can fly a pre-set route, looping around an area looking for poorly defended data.

    And on top of that, the duo has taught their WASP a new way to surreptitiously gather intel from the ground: pose as a GSM cell phone tower to trick phones into connecting through WASP rather than their carriers--a trick Tassey and Perkins learned from another security hacker at Defcon last year.

    Tassey and Perkins say they built WASP so show just how easy it is, and just how vulnerable you are. “We wanted to bring to light how far the consumer industry has progressed, to the point where public has access to technologies that put companies, and even governments at risk from this new threat vector that they’re not aware of,” Perkins told Forbes.

    Consider yourself warned. For details on the WASP design--including pointers on building your own--check out Tassey and Perkins site here.
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  2. Post #2
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    June 2006
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    If that thing manages to crack the password for my network then they earned the right to spy on my shit.
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  3. Post #3
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    Zombii's Avatar
    October 2008
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    Tassey and Perkins say they built WASP so show just how easy it is, and just how vulnerable you are.
    I can't be the only one that thinks this sounds like a bad idea, right?

    Also congrats on beating Emperor Scorpius to posting something from PopSci.

  4. Post #4
    Trainbike's Avatar
    May 2010
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    If that thing manages to crack the password for my network then they earned the right to spy on my shit.
    Is it 'Password'?
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    January 2009
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    Nothing ground breaking, but it's a nice toy nonetheless. Rather well known technologies stuck on an RC plane.

    I wouldn't mind having some of these, sending them pattern-comb a city. That could be fun.
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  6. Post #6
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    Is it 'Password'?
    "It is so obvious they won't even try it!"
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    Dennab
    May 2007
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    "It is so obvious they won't even try it!"
    Says the administrator of feminism.org
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    June 2005
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    Nothing ground breaking, but it's a nice toy nonetheless. Rather well known technologies stuck on an RC plane.
    Yeah, none of these things are by themselves that new, but well done to them for sticking it all together and making it work.
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  10. Post #10
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    May 2011
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    Is it 'Password'?
    Ha, no, it's a bunch of random letters that requires a great mind to remember.

    Qwerty
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    August 2009
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    I will be waiting on my roof with my magnet gun. Come get some.

  12. Post #12
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    October 2007
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    The thing has a battery life of 20 minutes, and is REALLY loud.
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    January 2010
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    Is it 'Password'?
    Maybe it's "12345" or "monkey"

  14. Post #14
    Dennab
    July 2009
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    shoot it down.

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  16. Post #16
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    it uses a dictionary-based bruteforcer, don't worry about it getting into your wifi unless you password is 'pussydestroyer1' or something
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    Liem's Avatar
    November 2011
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    it uses a dictionary-based bruteforcer, don't worry about it getting into your wifi unless you password is 'pussydestroyer1' or something
    Fuck, Changing password now.
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  18. Post #18
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    It brute forces passwords? Surely that's not the best method, quickest maybe.

  19. Post #19
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    Aide's Avatar
    March 2010
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    Cell phones are rather easy to listen in on since they rely on two things. Cell tower(radio tower) and their own radio channel. Having both of these one or both while allow you to do gather unthinkable things.
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  20. Post #20
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    January 2008
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    Is it 'Password'?
    Motherfucker!

  21. Post #21
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    September 2008
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    Best thread title ever

  22. Post #22
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    January 2010
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    "1"

    man my wifi network is impervious to all outside forces.
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    February 2008
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    If that thing manages to crack the password for my network then they earned the right to spy on my shit.
    Depends if you use WEP or WPA/WPA2.

    Regardless I would be more worried about how to protect my phone.

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    September 2011
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    I'm pretty sure the words I use aren't going to be in that dictionary, considering that all of my passwords are literally the most vulgar things I can think of.

  25. Post #25
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    March 2009
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    I'm pretty sure the words I use aren't going to be in that dictionary, considering that all of my passwords are literally the most vulgar things I can think of.
    "MissionaryPosition"
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    October 2006
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    Is it 'Password'?
    It's "guest".

  27. Post #27
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    November 2007
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    I can't be the only one that thinks this sounds like a bad idea, right?

    Also congrats on beating Emperor Scorpius to posting something from PopSci.
    The whole point is to show off how unsafe you are. The entire convention is built around the notion that if you expose something's failures it'll get fixed.

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    lavacano's Avatar
    October 2008
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    it uses a dictionary-based bruteforcer, don't worry about it getting into your wifi unless you password is 'pussydestroyer1' or something
    as well as other network hacking implements
    Which probably means aircrack-ng.

  29. Post #29
    What's brevity?
    ironman17's Avatar
    June 2006
    19,787 Posts
    So it's a spyplane that can hack computers; welp, that's kinda scary and kinda cool.

  30. Post #30
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    April 2008
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    I doubt this sort of thing is legal. Probably won't make it into actual use unless they are granted a warrant for it to target specific suspects. I wonder how good it is at cracking passwords though. Our router has a humorous name and the password is about 60 characters long consisting of random numbers and letters. No words.