A Hacker Drone That Turns Other Drones Into Zombies Under Its Control

dronesBasically, envision Alfred Hitchcock’s The Byrds but with Amazon delivery drones suddenly turning against you. Ars Technica reports:

Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into a conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker’s control.

“How fun would it be to take over drones, carrying Amazon packages… or take over any other drones and make them my little zombie drones,” Kamkar asked rhetorically in a blog post.

Dubbed SkyJack, the contraption uses a radio-controlled Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter carrying a Raspberry Pi circuit board, a small battery, and two wireless transmitters. The devices seek out wireless signals of nearby Parrot drones, hijack the wireless connections used to control them, and commandeer the victims’ flight-control and camera systems.

Kamkar is the creator of the infamous Samy worm, a complex piece of JavaScript that knocked MySpace out of commission in 2005 when the exploit added more than one million MySpace friends to Kamkar’s account. Kamkar was later convicted for the stunt.

4 Comments on "A Hacker Drone That Turns Other Drones Into Zombies Under Its Control"

  1. Badass!

  2. Hadrian999 | Dec 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm |

    actually build one and i see terrorism charges

  3. Yo, dawg; we heard you like drones, so we put a drone on yo’ drone so that you can drone on while you drone on.

  4. InfvoCuernos | Dec 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm |

    Can not wait till they start armed drone flyovers in the CONUS. Its like the defense department is run by ostriches.

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