Snoopy shows how weak our mobile security systems really are.
With brands using drones to deliver pizza or to keep an eye on the road for busy drivers, it may seem like the flying machine has shrugged off its militant spying ways. However, a new project by Glenn Wilkinson and Daniel Cuthbert of Sensepost shows that the drone still poses a danger to our personal security. Aptly named Snoopy, their invention can hack and access the contents of mobile devices as they search for WiFi.
Created as an experiment to show how vulnerable our mobile devices can be, Snoopy looks for phones that have their WiFi settings on and are scanning for networks to connect to. The drone then sends out a signal that pretends to be a network, and when a device connects to that fake network, Snoopy can access a slew of meta data from the mobile device like passwords and credit card numbers.
Snoopy’s creators have already tested their invention over a part of London and, in just one hour, they were able to collect the network names and locations of 150 different mobile devices. They were also able to identify Amazon, PayPal and Yahoo usernames and passwords for accounts that were created for the demonstration.