Skip to comments.This drone can steal what's on your phone
Posted on 03/20/2014 2:01:06 PM PDT by Star Traveler
The next threat to your privacy could be hovering over head while you walk down the street.
Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone -- from your location data to your Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) password -- and they've been testing it out in the skies of London. The research will be presented next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.
The technology equipped on the drone, known as Snoopy, looks for mobile devices with Wi-Fi settings turned on.
Snoopy takes advantage of a feature built into all smartphones and tablets: When mobile devices try to connect to the Internet, they look for networks they've accessed in the past.
(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...
ALSO ... I would like to note that the iPhone is a lot more secure than the Google-system ... :-) ...
AND ... you should note that you can easily prevent this from just “automatically” happening by erasing prior WiFi hotspots from your list and/or don’t have them connect automatically (by a setting you may have).
Actually this drone cannot not steal from me as my phone is not a feature phone, just a plain old dumb phone. I even have my location setting turned off.
This is what the first sentence in the article said ...
“Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone ...”
They are going to be reading a lot of Free Republic at that conference.
Happy reading. :)
I don't like phones to start with - a phone call just interrupts what I'm doing and my home phone is unlisted but I still get the robot calling sales people. I never answer that phone until the caller starts to leave a message and if I know that person, family or two friends who have the number, I'll answer, otherwise, I'm not. Sales people seldom leave a message, they just hang up.
My cell phone is on but the NSA won't find me anywhere suspicious and if I thought they wanted to find my location, I'd turn it off and deep six it somewhere disgusting.
I'm really old so I lived when no one knew where anyone was if he/she was out of sight. Cars were cars and not moving computers. If you wanted information, you had an encyclopedia to look it up. There was also something called “books”. They had a front and back and pages in between. You just opened the book and read it and you knew you had it because it was on a shelf in a bookcase.
We also had something called, “records”. They were round and you put them on a machine and it played the music on the record. I remember the first TV set. That was something - shows and news on a screen. That was the beginning of hell on wheels as more electronic gadgets began to appear every day it seemed and now we can't move without something electronic following us.
I'm not sure we are better off than my earlier days.
Oh, and FUNSA
(check yer list .. i'm already on it, ya stasi maggots)
I remember those days and when the first televisions came around. It was shortly after the first television station in Houston, Texas that we got our TV.
And of course I remember when cars were just cars and phones were just phones.
However, I do have to say that I love the Internet for the quick information that I can have at my fingertips, even making deposits over the Internet at banks and the iPhone, which is a marvelous device. I don’t have any problems with them.
I’m currently using an iPad to write this and I’ve been known to type an answer on Free Republic, with this iPad, while waiting at a red light ... :-) ...
The NSA steals away very easily on those too, by their access to the network and sucking up the calls that way.
I guess the drone over my house is playing pinball
I figure they have information on me, too ... so I don’t care ... :-) ...
And it was about 45 years ago, that a government agent screamed at me that he was calling Washington DC immediately and opening an FBI case file on me. I never heard how that turned out. It should be pretty big by now ... LOL ...
i doubt they can. i don’t have a smartphone. plus i don’t do any of that kind of stuff from that phone. plus it’s always off unless i am talking to someone, which is almost never.
The NSA has been shown to be grabbing phone calls after they are on the network - where you can do absolutely nothing about it - other than to never have a phone conversation with anyone for the rest of your life ... :-) ...
It’s also been reported that they can go back (in history) and listen to calls before - not just “live”.
It’s fairly extensive what they can do and it’s definitely not limited to “computer” phones - but regular ole home phones or pay phones (if there are any still around).
I would love to have one of those myself ... :-) ...
And now I am tracking your every move with my super duper tracker thingy. I don't think you should have gone through that drive in to get a beer to drink along the way. And, what's with getting stuffed deep fried Jalapeno peppers to eat with one hand and beer in other hand - who is driving the car? Does driving with elbows work that well?
For heaven's sake, put the handgun under something - don't keep it out in the open on the seat like it is.
Yeah, what Marcella said. Also I don’t think that color shirt is right for the season - it’s the first day of Spring, f’Petessake!
I went you one better. Mine is a rotary phone land line, with a long retractable cable.
Are you in that black car behind me with tinted windows? ... :-) ...
“its the first day of Spring, fPetessake!”
Well, he does have on open toed sandals but sandals with his office suit is just not suitable. Let’s face it, he is a lousy dresser with no sense of style. I would like to have the Jalapeno peppers.
Is that a milkshake? I love milkshakes.
“Are you in that black car behind me with tinted windows? ... :-) ...”
No, I’m the classy blonde in the invisible convertible just invented - the latest in electronic computer cars. I saw what you just did but I won’t tell.
I think my phone is dumber than yours:)
“Is that a milkshake? I love milkshakes.”
I’m the one with the milkshake, chocolate, - I don’t drive and drink beer like Star Traveler.
Want to stop at the next dive - I mean drive in and get you a milkshake? I see one up about two blocks away.
Naw, the boss just caught me. Have to pass on this one. He likes strawberry, by the way.
Ahhh big deal. The NSA gets ALL the information, not just transmitted. Get with the times.
What?! You’ve got a tin can and string?
They have taken the shadowy character in the van in the parking lot of Mickey D's and replaced him with a drone flying overhead.
Note that if you are writing/receiving email the man in the middle can intercept and read the data coming from/to your device because email is sent in clear text (not encrypted).
But if you access a secure web site, say, your bank, the man in the middle looses out. Because the data is encrypted before it leaves you device. The man in the middle can read your data but it will be gibberish to him.
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Good. Maybe the drone can pick up the hot dog buns for me.
You bet! ... :-) ...
and the pogroms continue...