Drones can be used to record incredible scenes for movies, follow thieves from above, save lives or carry out home deliveries at lightning speed. Unfortunately, this also opens doors for people to misuse them for malicious gain.
Researchers in Singapore have demonstrated how attackers using a drone with a mobile phone could easily intercept documents sent to a seemingly inaccessible Wi-Fi printer. The method they devised is actually intended to help organisations determine if they have vulnerable open Wi-Fi devices that can be accessed from the sky. But the same technique could also be used by spies for corporate espionage.
To demonstrate that this threat is real and exists, the investigators paired a drone with a smartphone and developed two apps that were designed to intercept the communications of a printer from the outside.