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When it comes to our smartphones, our main security risk would be from malware which has the potential to send sensitive information stored on our devices back to the hacker, or cause unnecessary trouble such as making long distance calls and incurring expensive phone bills. While we are able to download security apps for our smartphones, we now have to worry about aerial hacks.

Yes you heard that right, it appears that now our phones are vulnerable from hacks. The device is known as WASP (Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform) and it was built by Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins. It is a flying drone that has a 6-foot wingspan, a 6-foot length and weighs in at 14 pounds. It includes 32GB of storage which will hold the information that it manages to hack along with a 340 million word dictionary of passwords. How it works is that it tricks our phones into thinking that it is an AT&T or T-Mobile cellphone tower thanks to the eleven on-board antennas.

If you think of all this sounds very illegal, it’s surprisingly not as it complies with FCC standards and the creators have been flying the drone in isolated areas so as not to illegally pick up on any active conversations. Let’s just hope that this device does not fall into the wrong hands.

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