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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones 52

alphadogg (971356) writes "In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies. In a free software update to its AirMagnet Enterprise product last week, the Wi-Fi security division of Fluke Networks added code specifically crafted to detect the Parrot AR Drone, a popular unmanned aerial vehicle that costs a few hundred dollars and can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. Drones themselves don't pose any special threat to Wi-Fi networks, and AirMagnet isn't issuing air pistols to its customers to shoot them down. The reason the craft are dangerous is that they can be modified to act as rogue access points and sent into range of a victim's wireless network, potentially breaking into a network to steal data."
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:23AM (#47507599)

    A lot of effort to stop a threat I've not heard of anyone doing. How is this easier and more stealthy then someone in a car with a wireless cracker?

    The number one source of data breaches/theft is from employees. Are they suggesting employees are going to do something so elaborate/expensive/unreliable? Wow am I confused.

    Would probably make a good TV show though.

    Probably where they are getting their threat analysis from.

  • by jeffb (2.718) ( 1189693 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:59AM (#47507813)

    It's a receiver to detect the EM signature from the onboard electronics of a Prius.

    See, I've heard that it's possible for a Prius driver to run over kids who are playing in the street. So I've designed this receiver that fits into a kiddy backpack, and sounds an alarm when there's a Prius nearby. That way, when my kids are playing in the street and a Prius approaches, they'll hear the alarm. I guess then they can get out of the street, but what I'm really looking for is a way to ban Priuses from driving on my street. After all, I'm a responsible parent who's keenly aware of the dangers Priuses pose to kids who play in the street.

  • by LongearedBat ( 1665481 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @11:07AM (#47507893)

    I have an AR Drone 2, and the standard battery lasts for maximum 12 minutes (1000 mAh). I've ordered a new battery that holds 1500 mAh. Looking forward to see if it lasts for 18 minutes.

    How much damage can one do with that? Seems easier to sneak up close and hide in a bush while cracking in to someones network using a laptop.

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