How hacker drones could turn your personal drone into its personal zombie

It seems as though spying or crashing is no longer what dronies should be cautious of.

Hacker Samy Kamkar released hardware and software specifications that hobbyists can use to turn their drone into a drone that seeks out other drones in flight, hacks them and turns them into an army of unmanned vehicles, all under control of the hacker.

Shooting Amazon drones down with a shotgun to steal your packages? So last year.

Taking control of the Amazon drone to get it to bring the package to your house and not the intended recipient? That’s this year. Like, right now.

“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,” Kamkar wrote on his site.

It’s a system he calls Skyjack. Cute name. Not so cute idea (if used for evil).

“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 wrote in a blog post he published Monday. “Awesome.”

At least 500,000 Parrot drones have been sold since they were first released in 2010.

What do you think about hacker drones? Cool? Creepy? The hacker did put together a pretty cool video explaining how he made it. Congrats on learning how to use your video learning software, Samy.

You can acquire SkyJack on Kamkar’s GitHub: https://github.com/samyk/skyjack

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