AirMagnets’ Wi-Fi Security Detects AP-Hacking Drones So Its Admins can “Hunt them down”



TECH FREEDOM- Paul Gordon Collier- AirMagnets last week announced a new update to its security software that allows enterprises to detect when drones are in the air.  Drones have the potential to act as APs, or access points, from which hackers can break in to the wi-fi network of an enterprise.

The Airmagnets Enterprise Product, designed to secure Wi-Fi networks, has been updated to detect the drones and inform the monitors of a potential drone threat.  The software is designed specifically to locate the Parrot AR drone, which can be built for a few hundred dollars and controlled remotely by mobile devices such as smartphones.

In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies.

From Network World:
“These things are really just flying access points,” Rayburn said. If a network isn’t protected, a rogue access point can be used to break into it and steal any type of data that’s going over the airwaves.

IT Administrators had asked AirMagnet to give them this alert so they can take matters to eliminate the possible drone threat. The software already provides for protections against such AP hacking, but did not let the administrator know if the blocked attempts came from a drone.

While there have not been a report of of drone attacks, experts in the field believe it is only a matter of time before such attacks become more widespread than they are today.  One wonders when the next step will occur, the deployment of drone fighters to hunt down the AP-hacking drones.  Perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves in our drone wars, though.

Here is a review of the Parrot AR Drone: