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News Picks : Drone steals data by hacking smartphones

By: Physics Today
28 March 2014
BBC: SensePost, a security firm based in the UK and South Africa, has been developing what it calls a “distributed tracking and profiling framework” that can cull personal data from individuals’ cell phones via Wi-Fi networks. The project, called Snoopy, consists of computer software mounted on inexpensive commercial drones, which can collect data over large areas. According to the company’s website, Snoopy was inspired by recent efforts of world governments “to legalise the monitoring of citizens' Internet based communications (web sites visited, emails, social media) under the guise of anti-terrorism.” Snoopy’s effectiveness was recently demonstrated at the 2014 Black Hat conference in Singapore, where it pulled up personal data on conference attendees, including photos of their homes and offices.


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