London-based Security Researchers team  at Sensepost Research Labs have developed a drone called”Snoopy” which can steal data and contents from your smartphone without your knowledge.

Drone that can hack your Smartphone and steal your data.
If you are a resident of London and you see a Drone hovering over your head there are chances that your smartphone is being hijacked using Snoopy.  Snoopy is being tested in the London skies for past few days by the security researchers of Senseport and they intend to present their findings next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.

The technology embedded in the Drone enables it to look for Smartphone devices with wi-fi settings turned on. most of these Smartphone devices are set with the settings to look for wi-fi networks they have previously connected to and once it finds the Network in the range it Automatically connects with the Network.

“Snoopy” then sends back the signal to the Smartphone and pretends to be the wi-fi Network with which the Mobile device connected earlier. as soon as the Smartphone connects with the device it is hijacked, hackers can then intercept every signal they smartphone sends or receives, including your user login id from email Accounts, social networks, Bank Accounts, text messages, websites you visit and your mobile usage preferences.

Wilkinson who developed the drone with Daniel Cuthbert at Sensepost Research Labs said, He was also able to obtain usernames and passwords for Amazon, PayPal and Yahoo accounts created for the purposes of our reporting so that we could verify the claims without stealing from passersby. 

Collecting metadata, device ids or Network name is not illegal according to the the Electronic Frontier Foundation. but intercepting credit card details, login ids would likely violate wiretapping and identity theft laws. 

Wilkinson said the purpose of this project is to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities of smart devices. 

Drones are Mobile and are often out of sight and reach from the victim, while it carries a threat to privacy if used with wrong intentions it also can help law enforcement agencies to use it for public safety in situation like Riots to find out the looters.

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