SkyJack: Drone That Seeks, Hacks and Takes Over Other Drones, Turning Them Into Zombies

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Fri, Dec 6th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Created by the insanely talented Samy Kamkar, the idea behind SkyJack is pretty neat: a drone that flies around looking for other drones. When it finds them, it hacks them, wirelessly takes over them, and turns them into "an army of zombie drones under your control."

Today Amazon announced they're planning to use unmanned drones to deliver some packages to customers within five years. Cool! 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. Awesome.

Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2, a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, an Alfa AWUS036H wireless transmitter, aircrack-ng, node-ar-drone, node.js, and my SkyJack software, I developed a drone that flies around, seeks the wireless signal of any other drone in the area, forcefully disconnects the wireless connection of the true owner of the target drone, then authenticates with the target drone pretending to be its owner, then feeds commands to it and all other possessed zombie drones at my will.

SkyJack also works when grounded as well, no drone is necessary on your end for it to work. You can simply run it from your own Linux machine/Raspberry Pi/laptop/etc and jack drones straight out of the sky.

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