If you thought Wi-Fi poachers had to drive around with their laptops open looking for unsecured signals, think again. A couple of hackers has modified a US Army gunnery target drone, turning it into a flying Wi-Fi sniffer that can't be stopped by even the tallest fence.
"Mike" and "Rich", aka Rabbit Hole, presented their creation at the Defcon16 hacker's convention in Las Vegas. The WASP (Wi-Fi Aerial Surveillance Platform) is guided by an open source auto pilot, and carries a bunch of gear that lets it sniff out Wi-Fi networks. Once it detects a signal, it can switch into a holding pattern over the network, while relaying the signals back to the WASP's operators on the ground using Wi-Fi, RF, or 3G connections. Just what they do with these signals, they aren't saying. Future plans include adding GSM cellphone signal monitoring.
With guys like this around, I guess I'm lucky to live in the LaGuardia Airport no-fly zone.