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SkyJack - Hacking drones by Samy Kamkar
Nice one. The aerial robo-war above our heads has just begun. Respectively: Free amazon packages and drone [pizza, beer, kebab, burrito..] for the urban hacker youth in your neighborhood.
SkyJack is a drone engineered to autonomously seek out, hack, and wirelessly take over other drones within wifi distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control.
Today Amazon announced they’re planning to use unmanned drones to deliver some packages to customers within five years. Cool! How fun would it be to take over drones, carrying Amazon packages…or take over any other drones, and make them my little zombie drones. Awesome.
Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2, a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, an Alfa AWUS036H wireless transmitter, aircrack-ng, node-ar-drone, node.js, and my SkyJack software, I developed a drone that flies around, seeks the wireless signal of any other drone in the area, forcefully disconnects the wireless connection of the true owner of the target drone, then authenticates with the target drone pretending to be its owner, then feeds commands to it and all other possessed zombie drones at my will.
SkyJack also works when grounded as well, no drone is necessary on your end for it to work. You can simply run it from your own Linux machine/Raspberry Pi/laptop/etc and jack drones straight out of the sky.
// yeah, i know. this will not work on amazon’s drones. they will likely be autonomous using GPS. but hey, nice project.
As Jamais Cascio once said, when imaging new technologies. start with how it will be used for crime.
I scratched my head a little after watching the Amazon Prime Air video (see here), and considered the impact of delivery drones and autonomous vehicles on the future of work:
[…]the big question about drones and autonomous vehicles in general is about the impact on work. Right off the bat, the several million people (mostly men) employed as truck and delivery drivers will be out of a job. Yes, some of them might get work in the Amazon warehouses, but as soon as AI and robots are up to it, those jobs will be gone too.
This won’t be limited to megacorporations like Amazon, although Amazon might be planning to leverage this as an additional industry disruptor, like they’ve done with Amazon’s elastic computing technologies. Imagine a local florist, Bette, in downtown Beacon NY (my home) wanting to make a delivery to a local customer’s home. No longer reliant on Ralph, her former part-time driver, she simply logs into Amazon Prime Air, types in some details, and twenty minutes later a drone touches down in the loading zone outside her store, picks up the flowers for Mrs Johnson, and takes off for North Brett Street.
Of course, her flowers arrive by an autonomous truck three times weekly, and her Samsung Smart Pallet communicates with the truck, gathers her flowers, and brings them to her cold room, without the services of Sheila, her former part-time assistant.
But Ralph and Sheila are off starting microbusinesses, where autonomous vehicles make the economics work.
Read the rest.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers, according to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.
The drones, called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order, he said.
However, he added that it could take up to five years for the service to start.
The US Federal Aviation Administration is yet to approve the use of unmanned drones for civilian purposes.
Drone pilots get post-traumatic stress disorder. So give them an Siri-like copilot to blame the killings on.
Li Jian — Dark Sword: Chinese stealth drone
By now there’s little doubt that drones are here to stay—not just for military use but also for civilian use. In fact, a new “drone census” shows that the number of commercial drone Certificates of Authorization is now almost equal to those from the military. And much of it is happening in California.
via Gizmodo http://bit.ly/17Kcy1T
Twitter / RonCharles: ”This Northrop Grumman ad on the Metro totally convinced me I need to get a drone.”
In April 1982, Israel withdrew the last of its military forces from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. On Friday, for the first time in more than 30 years, Israeli military assets reportedly reentered Egyptian territory. On August 9, an Israeli drone operating in Sinai airspace with Egyptian approval killed five militants preparing to launch a rocket into Israel.
The proactive Israeli action may herald a positive new dynamic in Israeli-Egyptian relations. But for the Egyptian military—which depends on popular goodwill to govern post-coup Egypt—enhanced security coordination with Israel might not be politically sustainable. Already, this unprecedented move has provoked a backlash against the generals.
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A X47-B Navy drone touches down as it lands aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush off the Coast of Virginia Wednesday, July 10, 2013. It is the first landing by a drone on a Navy carrier. The landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft means the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft that will join the fleet alongside traditional airplanes to provide around-the-clock surveillance while also possessing a strike capability. (via A X47-B Navy… - drone-landing - latimes.com)
photo by Flickr user muffinn, CC-by-Licensed.
"A Murmuration of Drones"
A poem by Phillip Barron
At dusk, they gather
to plan for predation or to hunt
for a place to spend the night.
Migrants swarm, shimmer the sky above
hive together in a low slung arm,
and darken the water below.
Reaching over the river, its wrist
twists and when it is thinnest
it waves away, for a moment gone
until its hand moves in time
with the arm and the wrist reforms.
Sophie said a collection of starlings
is a murmuration. When they swell
and thin and turn and throb and bunch up
and turn again, they share security,
some information, some criticality
for a moment of fearless beauty.
Mexican free-tailed bats lit out
for the delta from their concrete caves under
the causeway to clean the marsh
of mosquitoes hatched that day,
the ones too slow to get caught
in the updraft of traffic heading west.
Through yelps and cries inaudible over
hissing tires ripping up the long
low bridge, free-tails send encrypted
texts to coordinate their free-scale
correlation, and send mosquitoes
circling, settling in the tules for the night.
Edward said their thereness is just
a shadow on the sky. Before depredating colonies
of pests, the selfish herd moves
with all the precision of an equation, unraveled
by game controllers north of Tampa. Of starlings,
bats, and drones, only drones are native to Florida.
Telemigrants record flights and bombs
dropped. We study these data for arabesques
and from data the discourse Orientalizes.
A Roman phalanx, interrogating and publishing
reality, writing with spears opens up space
between the reader and surveillance.
In the name of the colony, drones
fertilize the queen with laser-guided missiles
and hyphenated identities.
Phillip Barron is a poet, writer, and award winning digital media artist. He has taught philosophy at the University of North Carolina and now teaches poetry and digital humanities at the University of California, Davis. Recent writing appears in Orion, Saw Palm, Ardor, and the Columbia College Literary Review. He is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and lives in Davis, California. He is @ptbarron on Twitter, and this is his Tumblr.