Amazon announced over the weekend that it aims to offer on-demand, 30-minute delivery of most items it sells via drones by the year 2018. Within 48 hours, notorious hacker Samy Kamkar had posted specs for a SkyJack drone that can hack into other drones’ control systems and take over, turning them into zombie drones that no longer obey their creators:
SkyJack is a hardware and software spec list written by hacker Samy Kamkar for creating drones that fly near other drones, hack them, and recruit them under its control. And with Amazon talking of making deliveries with drones this seems like a worrying time for this to appear.
With everything from drones to pacemakers now open to hacking, manufacturers and developers will have their work cut out for them. Consumers will have to become increasingly aware of which systems are most vulnerable to hacks, and they’ll need to understand the potential implications of being hacked. After all, the worst that happens if someone hacks a drone bound for your house is that you don’t get your delivery on time. If they hack your pacemaker, on the other hand, real havoc could ensue.