Danger Drone Penetration Testing Device to Take Flight at Black Hat
Security firm Bishop Fox will show off its new drone that can conduct aerial penetration tests at the Black Hat USA conference.Francis Brown, managing partner at security firm Bishop Fox, recently found himself watching '80s classic film Top Gun with the Kenny Loggins soundtrack "Danger Zone" blaring in the background. Being a security researcher, Brown, rather than being motivated to become a Navy pilot, decided to build a drone that could conduct aerial penetration tests. He's dubbed that effort the Danger Drone, and it's set to officially be demonstrated at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas on Aug. 3. In an interview ahead of Black Hat, Brown and his team of researchers at Bishop Fox provided some early insight into how the Danger Drone is built, what it can do and why it's not a toy, but a serious security research tool. "We have seen a handful of drones before that have been built as proof of concepts for penetration testing," Brown told eWEEK. "But now we wanted to take drones to a new level to show people how effective, or ineffective, their security is against a real drone-based penetration test." Brown and his team are not drone aficionados—they are professional penetration testers and have a real job to do, which is to help organizations identify potential weaknesses, he said. The Danger Drone isn't just a one-off device, but rather Bishop Fox will make the plans for building the drone and the included software all publicly available. The plans include the 3D printer files necessary for those who want to print their own parts. The Danger Drone makes use of a Raspberry Pi as its primary controller, and Bishop Fox will be making the operating system and application software that run on the device publicly available as well.
"We're going with the Raspberry Pi because there is already a mature development ecosystem around it for drones as well as hacking tools," Brown said.