“You’ve been hacked.” This must be the most feared sentence your IT guy can deliver to you, especially if you do most of your business online. It is even worse you hear it from a customer first. Your first reaction should not be panic, but you do need to react quickly. It will cause you some short term harm, but it is not life threatening.
As an online entrepreneur you will learn many lessons as you build your business from nothing and dealing with hacking is a key one. Being hacked is almost becoming a way of life like auto theft; there’s a high chance it will happen to you one day. Even Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook found his own account hacked in early December 2011. In June 2011, Citbank found that 200,000 customers had their private details passed to a hacker. Sony was hacked earlier this year as was Google in China; even Gmail isn’t immune.
It was only a matter of time before bored DIY geeks began combining fun toys with dangerous snooping technology; which is exactly what someone did when they combined a DIY remote-control toy helicopter with wireless-network-hacking computer. The end result is the ominous sounding SkyNET bot, a menacing hacker drone with an even more dubious-sounding name.
The Terminator-inspired name SkyNET may be just the ticket to purveying exactly how ominous a fly-in-the-air wireless hacking machine can be. This cheap and easy to build machine can be built for less than $600 ($300 for the helicopter alone) by anyone with a curious mind and even the slightest technical know-how. Building the machine requires only a remote-control helicopter (SkyNET uses a Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter) modded with a lightweight computer (SkyNET uses Linux), a 3G connection, a GPS receiver, and 2 Wifi cards (one for the remote control and one for attacking the wireless networks).