Cyber Air Hack: Drones Are the New Threat to Network Security and Your Money

I’ve been addressing different scenarios that can arise from the next major technological movement in the twenty-first century. Drone technology is the precursor to autonomous transportation like driverless cars, flying taxi cabs and automated bullet trains. With so many new modes of public transportation coming, a major rewrite of aviation and air traffic regulations is overdue. The national airspace is going to be too crowded and current regulations and technologies are not equipped to handle the increased air traffic.

As drone technology makes positive advances, there’s also a negative side to be mindful of. It’s that dark side that we’re concerned with here at Whitmarsh Research Group, where we defend against rogue and terrorist misuse of drone technologies specifically in small drones, which are classified by the FAA as weighing between .5 lb. to 55 lbs. I have written previously about how terrorists are weaponizing drones by customizing them to carry armaments, biological and chemical agents, or dirty radioactive bombs. Any of these weapons used on drones will bring terror to another level, where stealth attacks made with as much as a single drone can be as catastrophic as 9/11.

Now there’s another stealth drone attack threat: the drone cyber-attack. I’ve been doing research to discover the different technologies that terrorists are working with in an effort to anticipate and defend against their next move. In my discovery, I’ve found a new threat, the development of the cyber drone which is now being used for expanding the manipulation of cyber-hacking or “cracking” into high-end security network systems. Rumors have been surfacing here and there on the Black Web but they’re never definitive. When we began developing the Drone Defense System™ core technologies in 2007, we simulated several drone attack scenarios. Some included drones disguised as simple toys and used in suicide bombings and others included drones used in simulated cyber-attacks. We anticipated that some hacker would get wise in the near future, and we are seeing the future quickly manifest in the present. As the terrorists have been figuring out how to use and weaponize the off-shelf Drones, hackers are now modifying drones with intent to hack networks.

Hackers can use drones to manipulate and hack any network, making a direct entry without using the Internet as an entry point. The drone of choice for hackers costs less than $500 and weighs less than a pound and half. It has a range of 1.2 miles and can stay aloft for 45 minutes. This addition to the terrorist and hacker’s bag of tricks is a major threat to Homeland safety. There’s currently no way to block a drone cyber-attack, regardless of what IT Directors or security personnel think or what they tell their bosses, the network owners, who should not be complacent.

What would such a breach look like? Imagine that your most secure server or computer has an individual that is a ghost, that is not able to be tracked or traced. Imagine that this presence is undetectable and others will not know it’s there, and it uses a USB drive to access your files no matter how deep the passwords or complex the algorithm is to keep intruders out. In such a scenario, you will be hacked from the point in time that the USB drive enters your machine it negated all of your data and file security. The hack will occur, money will be stolen, data will be compromised, networks will be shut down and the hacker will vanish without a trace, leaving no recognizable footprint on the network.

How and why the Cyber Drone is so effective at hacking the data or transferring stolen money is something to be discussed later. My point is that there’s no defense against that kind of network breach except the WRG Anti-Cyber Drone Attack System™ which is a component of our patent-pending Drone Defense System.™ Without the Anti-Cyber Drone Attack System™ all networks will be vulnerable to Cyber Drone Attacks.

Article Link – Defenseone.com August 12, 2016: The Pentagon Needs You To Help Them Take Down Small Drones

Article Link – Digitaltrends.com July 30, 2016: Meet Danger Drone – a flying computer designed to hack into all your unprotected devices 

If you would like more information about the Drone Defense System™ and the Anti-Cyber Attack Drone System™ please contact Whitmarsh Research Group at dds@whitmarshresearchgroup.com.

Author PD Papo Whitmarsh

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