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Modified Remote Controlled Army Drone Designed to Hack Your Wi-Fi

Vespid operated by Richard Perkins. (Photo: John Fedele via Popular Science)Two self-proclaimed hackers — former information technology employees for the U.S. Air Force — have modified an army drone that can “discreetly break into Wi-Fi networks, emit jamming signals and even pose as a cellphone tower to intercept communications from the ground,” according to Popular Science.

Richard Perkins and Mike Tassey spent two years and $6,000 to create this Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform — pet named Vespid, which is Latin for wasp — that they envision use for in surveillance applications.

Here’s what it takes according to Popular Science:

  • FQM-117B Army target drone
  • High-powered radio antenna
  • 32-gigabyte USB drive
  • 4G USB dongle
  • Two lithium-polymer batteries

Perkins and Tassey removed the drone’s original radio system, which they replaced with some of the above components for hacking capabilities. The drone can fly for about a half hour on its battery power and has soared up to 22,000 feet.

Popular Science reports that then men showcased Vespid to prove a point at an August security conference. (Continue reading this story).

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