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Hardware Hacking Wireless Networking Build

Dutch Hackers Create Wi-Fi Sniffing Drone 81

An anonymous reader writes "The WASP, or Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, has been built out of a hobby-grade airframe and open source Ardupilot autopilot, reports sUASnews. In the words of the Rabbit-Hole website, it's a 'Small Scale, Open Source UAV using off the shelf components. Designed to provide a vehicle to project cyber-offensive and defensive capabilities, and visual / electronic surveillance over distance cheaply and with little risk.'" Want a drone of your own? The makers have some pointers to helpful resources.
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Dutch Hackers Create Wi-Fi Sniffing Drone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 16, 2010 @05:22AM (#33261812)

    The makers of the WASP give an interview in the s7e25 episode of Hak5 [hak5.org], where they explain that the platform currently has a very tight flight envelope. It's almost always on the brink of crashing. Quote: "It flies much like a wounded harbor seal would. [...] It's a real juggling act to keep it in the air."

  • Re:Yes but... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 16, 2010 @05:27AM (#33261830)

    The meaning of "unmanned" extends to the pilot on the ground. UAVs don't have people on board and can fly more than a straight line in a controlled manner without immediate control input from a pilot on the ground. It's technically illegal to fly UAVs without visual contact in visual flight rules air space.

  • Re:I want one (Score:3, Informative)

    by Alphathon ( 1634555 ) on Monday August 16, 2010 @08:18AM (#33262324)

    I don't know if you were simply using it's to spite the troll or not but I'm fairly sure its is correct. Unlike most words the apostrophe is only added when it's a contraction of "it is", "it has" etc, not to indicate "belonging to it" (possessive). The GP was a troll to be sure, but an accurate troll nonetheless.

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