Danger Drone Penetration Testing Device to Take Flight at Black Hat - Page 2

While the Danger Drone is intended to be used for real penetration testing purposes, it can also be used to annoy victims by "rickrolling" vulnerable Chromecast devices. At the Black Hat USA 2014 event, Bishop Fox researcher Dan Petro demonstrated a Raspberry Pi-based tool called the Rickmote (see the eWEEK video on the Rickmote here). Petro's device streamed Rick Astley's "Never Going to Give You Up" music video in an attack known as rickrolling, though Petro noted that any content could be sent.

The Danger Drone has been enabled with Rickmote capabilities, and Petro noted that Chromecast devices in 2016 are still vulnerable to the same attack. He added that he has come across many corporate boardrooms that have Chromecasts in use.

"You can imagine the look on a CEO's face when they go into a meeting and suddenly see Rick Astley pop up," Petro said.

While being rickrolled is merely an annoyance, Brown said with the growing internet of things (IoT) era, there are now more targets that a penetration tester, drone-based or otherwise, can go after. "Over-the-air attacks are very attractive right now because there are a lot of immature IoT products out there," he said.

Bishop Fox will not be selling the Danger Drone, but will be using its own Danger Drones in customer engagements for penetration testing.

"We absolutely will be using the Danger Drone in our work. We actually have a few tests already lined up," Brown said.

Of course, while the Danger Drone will also have one other notable capabilities, it will have the ability to play Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" song from Top Gun.

"That was requirement No. 1!" Brown said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.