There are some people for whom being told that something is impossible is all the motivation they need. That seems to be the case for Richard Perkins
and Mike Tassey
, who were told that an in-flight hacking platform was impossible. In response, the pair plan on showing off their off their Wi-Fi hacking, phone-snooping, home-made UAV at the Black Hat
hackerfests in Las Vegas. They call their creation the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform
, or WASP
Built from an old Air Force target drone, the WASP packs a lot of technological power into a flying high-endurance package. A tiny on-board computer (Linux powered, natch) is bristling with hacking tools, along with a custom-built 340 million word dictionary for brute-forcing passwords, the BackTrack suite, a 4G T-Mobile card, an HD camera, and 32 GB onboard storage.
Just what does WASP do with those gigabytes?