WASP seeks out Wi-Fi and gives it back

by Mark R

If you were to take a look at this thing, you might think it was a giant wasp.

It actually is a WASP, also known as a Wi-Fi Aerial Surveillance Platform It is actually a modified US Army gunnery target drone, and it does fly.

The purpose of this flying guy is to be a Wi-Fi sniffer. It is guided by an open source auto pilot, and it has a lot of equipment to seek out a stable Wi-Fi signal. From there, it can beam it back to its operators via Wi-Fi, RF, or 3G connections. It was recently presented at Defcon 18, a hacker’s convention at Las Vegas.

Okay, I want to see if I’m getting this right. Someone has invented a flying device that will sniff out a Wi-Fi signal, and then can beam it to you. Man, I would get something like this in a second if it could really guarantee me a signal every time. Instead of opening up my laptop and hoping that a signal is there, I could just let the WASP seek it out.

Except wouldn’t this WASP eventually lose power, and fall? Maybe if it was solar powered, or working like a kite, then we would have something. Yes, I’ve got to come back down to Earth for this one. Somebody might want to correct me with a comment if I am misinterpreting the use of the WASP.


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Coyote Says: August 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

I would hazard a guess that this could be used to infiltrate networks in hard to reach areas, like say a bombed out neighborhood. Flying over downtown Baghdad it could pick up on where the enemy networks are. So not only would it give a pretty exact location of the router to locate personnel the network itself could be hacked for information.

Edwin Says: August 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Jamie, the source link works fine 🙂

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