It uses code to hack smartphones and pinch personal data without the knowledge of users.
A new Snoopy drone developed by security firm SensePost can steal personal data from unsuspicious smartphone users, representing that no data is safe from stalking capabilities of the drone.
Incorporating the company’s software installed on a computer, the drone uses the code to hack smartphones and pinch personal data without the knowledge of users.
SensePost security researcher Glenn Wilkinson, the man behind Snoopy, said that when the software is attached to a drone flying around an area, it can gather everything from a user’s home address to his or her bank data.
"Every device we carry emits unique signatures – even pacemakers come with wi-fi today," Wilkinson told the BBC.
"And – holy smokes, what a bad idea."
The drone works by using a combination of the name of a network searched by the user and a MAC address that exclusively detects a device to track a mobile device in real-time.
In addition, Snoopy also reveal how past networks could be mimicked in a so-called karma attack, and upon joining the disguised network, hackers can pinch any data entered by user while on that network such as email credentials and even banking details.
"There’s nothing new about this – what’s new is that Snoopy brings a lot of the technology together in a unique way," Wilkinson added.
"You can also fly out of audio-visual range – so you can’t see or hear it, meaning you can bypass physical security – men with guns, that sort of thing."