The next big thing in cyber threats may be “Dronejacking”: Warns Experts


Enormous rise in drone use is probably likely to lead to a new wave of “dronejackings” by cybercriminals, security experts cautioned.

A report by Intel‘s McAfee Labs said hackers are relied upon to start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews.

“Drones are well on the way to becoming a major tool for shippers, law enforcement agencies, photographers, farmers, the news media, and more,” said Intel Security’s Bruce Snell, in the organization’s annual threat report.

Snell said the idea of dronejacking was exhibit at a security conference last year, where researchers indicated how someone could easily take control of a toy drone.

“Although taking over a kid’s drone may seem amusing and not that big of an issue, once we look at the increase in drone usage potential problems starts to arise,” he said in the statement.

The report notice that numerous consumer drones lack sufficient security, which makes it simple for an outside hacker to take control.

Companies like Amazon and UPS are required to use drones for package deliveries – be distinctly potential focuses for culprits, the report said.

“Someone looking to ‘dronejack’ conveyances could discover a location with regular drone traffic and wait for the targets to appear,” the report said.

The researchers said criminals may likewise look to steal costly photographic equipment carried by drones, to knock out surveillance cameras used by law implementation.

Intel said it hopes to see dronejacking “toolkits” traded on “dark web” marketplaces and commercial centres in 2017.

“Once these toolkits start making the rounds, it is just a matter of time before we see stories of hijacked drones showing up in the evening news,” the report includes.

Other forecasts in the report included a decline in so-called “ransomware” attacks as defenses enhance, however a rise in mobile attacks that enable empower digital thieves to steal bank account or credit card information.

The report additionally noted that cybercriminals will begin using more modern and sophisticated artificial intelligence or “machine learning” techniques and utilize fake online ads.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk