But, What if…
…the whole confidential document send to a hacker attacking from the air?
The project was developed by the researchers at iTrust, a research center at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
They developed two applications:
- Cybersecurity Patrol – To detect open WiFi printers and automatically notify the organisation’s IT department.
- Another app (unknown name) – Once an open wireless printer is detected, this app uses the smartphone to establish a fake access point that mimics the printer and tricks PCs to send documents to it instead of the real printer.
“This is the main point of the research, closing the physical gap with [a] drone in order to launch the attack or scan easily all the organization [for vulnerable devices],” Yuval Elovici, the head of iTrust, told Wired.
You can watch the video given below, which shows the attack in work:
The researchers used a consumer DJI drone and a Samsung smartphone that they rooted to install Debian Linux OS and the apps mentioned above written in Python that emulate an HP6830 wireless printer.
Now, you could imagine the world where everything from vacuum cleaners to drones… surrounds you is a robot hacker (hackbots), and you need to secure your confidential data from them, which is quite difficult, but you don’t have any other choices.