For sure "times are changing" ... Perhaps tiny small spy drones don't exist yet ... the size of a mosquito but perhaps one day. Just found this larger drone that runs on batteries and not gasoline ... it's the "spying" part that I think is a real threat to all of us ... whether in the hands of the "good boys" or the "bad guys".
Men Build Small Flying Spy Drone that Cracks Wi-Fi and Cell Data - Digital Trends
Built by Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins, the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (otherwise known as the WASP) is a flying drone that has a 6-foot wingspan, a 6-foot length and weighs in at 14 pounds. The small form factor of the unmanned aerial vehicle allows it to drop under radar and is often mistaken for a large bird. It was built from an Army target drone and converted to run on electric batteries rather than gasoline. It can also be loaded with GPS information and fly a predetermined course without need for an operator. Taking off and landing have to be done manually with the help of a mounted HD camera, though. However, the most interesting aspect of the drone is that it can crack Wi-Fi networks and GSM networks as well as collect the data from them.
It can accomplish this feat with a Linux computer on-board that’s no bigger than a deck of cards. The computer accesses 32GB of storage to house all that stolen data. It uses a variety of networking hacking tools including the BackTrack toolset, as well as a 340-million-word dictionary to guess passwords. In order to access cell phone data, the WASP impersonates AT&T and T-Mobile cell phone towers and fools phones into connecting to one of the eleven antennas on-board. The drone can then record conversations to the storage card, and avoids dropping the call due to the 4G T-mobile card routing communications through VoIP.
America's Smallest Military Spy Drone Can Land on Your Window Sill
The Nano Hummingbird looks and flies like a real hummingbird. In fact, though, it is a tiny spy drone, capable of flying onto your window sill, recording data, and then flying back to its military handlers. With tiny spy technology like the Nano Hummingbird available, no government's secrets are safe.
Imagine how easy it would be to use the Nano Hummingbird to spy on foreign diplomats. It would simply have to land on their window sill and record audio and video. But while the Nano is a hummingbird now, we have to believe that someday it will be a bumble bee, or a gnat. In other words, someday it will be unnoticeably small, capable of flying stealthily through the interior of a building, recording and transmitting information, without being detected.
I posted about this dragon fly drone earlier but this is a different web site with more info
This tiny robotic dragonfly drone only costs $119
I can see stealth drones all the rage one day ... they are probably in the works now or maybe quietly flying already. Too expensive for "ordinary folks" but tiny little spy drones don't seem to be out of the reach of ordinary people.
Edited by duffy98, 16 May 2013 - 08:50 AM.