A new exploit has been published in the wild that allows attackers to take over an animal crossing at a busy Sydney airport.
The new exploit, which is believed to be used by animal traffickers, allows attackers who have a physical control over the animal to run the exploit through an SMS app, bypassing security systems at the airport, the Australian Associated Press reports.
The exploit, known as sk8r, allows an attacker to control an animal from a distance of up to a metre and will take control of an animal by sending a SMS message to the animal’s owner, AP reports.
It’s the latest example of the type of exploit that allows criminals to take control over a vehicle or other vehicle.
“It’s really a very high risk and high reward,” security researcher Chris Jones told ABC News.
The vulnerability allows an individual to physically control an individual animal from afar.
It’s not known if the attack exploits are used to smuggle drugs or other contraband, the AP reports, but the AP says the technique appears to have been used to get into the Sydney Airport.
Authorities are investigating the attack and it is not known whether it is a targeted attack.
Sk8r is only used in the U.S., the AP writes, but in Australia, where animal trafficking is rife, the exploit is still used widely by animal smugglers.