Feline Electronic Forward Observer... or "How to weaponize your pets"


Full article - http://www.wired.com/2014/08/how-to-use-your-cat-to-hack-your-neighbors-wi-fi/
Late last month, a Siamese cat named Coco
went wandering in his suburban Washington, DC neighborhood. He spent
three hours exploring nearby backyards. He killed a mouse, whose carcass
he thoughtfully brought home to his octogenarian owner, Nancy. And
while he was out, Coco mapped dozens of his neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks,
identifying four routers that used an old, easily-broken form of
encryption and another four that were left entirely unprotected.


In his DefCon talk, Bransfield plans to
explain how anyone can replicate the WarKitteh collar to create their
own Wifi-spying cat, a feat that’s only become easier in the past months
as the collar’s Spark Core chip has become easier to
program. Bransfield came up with the idea of feline-powered Wi-Fi
reconnaissance when someone attending one of his security briefings
showed him a GPS collar designed to let people locate their pets by
sending a text message. “All it needed was a Wi-Fi sniffer,” he says. “I
thought the idea was hilarious, and I decided to make it.”


  • Like sharks with fricken laser beams...

    "Warkitteh" - great name.
  • I will be sad but still impressed when one of these comes and lays to waste me and my family.

    They need to mount a speaker that shouts "Aloo Snackbar" as it runs in to battle.
  • They need to mount a speaker that shouts "Aloo Snackbar" as it runs in to battle.

    ... and strap a pig's head to it.  Now *that* would be freaky.
  • I actually felt bad for it when the guy kicked it and it had to struggle to stay upright. Like the way I would feel about an abused dog. And it matters not the tiniest bit that I am completely aware of how irrational that it... I still feel it.
  • I need to buy more ammo.  I will not submit to our robot dog overlords.
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