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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:54:21 AM EDT
BRILLIANT!!!


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.

Unbeknownst to Coco, he’d been fitted with a collar created by Nancy’s granddaughter’s husband, security researcher Gene Bransfield. And Bransfield had built into that collar a Spark Core chip loaded with his custom-coded firmware, a Wi-Fi card, a tiny GPS module and a battery—everything necessary to map all the networks in the neighborhood that would be vulnerable to any intruder or Wi-Fi mooch with, at most, some simple crypto-cracking tools.

In the 1980s, hackers used a technique called "wardialing,” cycling through numbers with their modems to find unprotected computers far across the internet. The advent of Wi-Fi brought "wardriving,” putting an antenna in a car and cruising a city to suss out weak and unprotected Wi-Fi networks. This weekend at the DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas, Bransfield will debut the next logical step: The "WarKitteh” collar, a device he built for less than $100 that turns any outdoor cat into a Wifi-sniffing hacker accomplice.










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Damn, reminds me of that cat the CIA tried fitting with a listening device.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 11:56:40 AM EDT
Another reason to shoot cats...
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 11:56:53 AM EDT
Haha, fucking awesome
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Link Posted: 8/8/2014 11:59:25 AM EDT
Imagine if this could scale up to dogs ...
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:07:45 PM EDT
Neato!
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:12:20 PM EDT
Because just driving around the block with your laptop is too much work?

Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:12:34 PM EDT
new project when i get better!
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:14:57 PM EDT
Reminds me of this.



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No shit.

Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:15:12 PM EDT
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Lot less suspicious with the cat.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:15:34 PM EDT
An apple head Siamese, the feline equivalent of an SP1.

Mine, the late, great ChaiMing died about a decade ago. Beautiful cats they are, and not addle brained like the more "modern" variants.

The retro look is in.
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You fail to grasp the concept of building cool stuff just because it's cool.


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heh good to see he is still drawing.. used to read his work back in the Dragon mag days.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:19:24 PM EDT
Nice
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:

You fail to grasp the concept of building cool stuff just because it's cool.


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Originally Posted By NightFAL:
Because just driving around the block with your laptop is too much work?


You fail to grasp the concept of building cool stuff just because it's cool.




Yeah.

Plus, getting something else to do the work for you.....is more efficient (something these guys probably value highly).
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:20:24 PM EDT
Cars are too random. Throw the thing on a drone.
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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


heh good to see he is still drawing.. used to read his work back in the Dragon mag days.
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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


heh good to see he is still drawing.. used to read his work back in the Dragon mag days.

Girl Genius is great. I used to read 'Phil & Dixie' back in the day, too.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:23:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Nate7out:
Another reason to shoot cats...
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:

Girl Genius is great. I used to read 'Phil & Dixie' back in the day, too.
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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


heh good to see he is still drawing.. used to read his work back in the Dragon mag days.

Girl Genius is great. I used to read 'Phil & Dixie' back in the day, too.


might have to check it out. if its as good as his old stuff.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:24:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MedicYeti:
Cars are too random. Throw the thing on a drone.
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Cats are autonomous, and you can send them out continually for updates, and to look for patterns.


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Originally Posted By broadrunarms:
An apple head Siamese, the feline equivalent of an SP1.

Mine, the late, great ChaiMing died about a decade ago. Beautiful cats they are, and not addle brained like the more "modern" variants.

The retro look is in.
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I have an apple head, too. Very intelligent cat.
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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


might have to check it out. if its as good as his old stuff.
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:

Girl Genius is great. I used to read 'Phil & Dixie' back in the day, too.


might have to check it out. if its as good as his old stuff.

It absolutely is. Better, even.

See you in a few days
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Originally Posted By MedicYeti:
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Done!
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:32:31 PM EDT
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Cats are autonomous, and you can send them out continually for updates, and to look for patterns.


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Originally Posted By MedicYeti:
Cars are too random. Throw the thing on a drone.



Cats are autonomous, and you can send them out continually for updates, and to look for patterns.




and longer battery life on the cat over the drone.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:36:17 PM EDT
Does the cat drive a Miata?
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http://i.imgur.com/jsgfD.jpg
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Originally Posted By KA3B:
Originally Posted By MedicYeti:
Cars are too random. Throw the thing on a drone.


http://i.imgur.com/jsgfD.jpg
Done!


That is the best picture in the world for this thread, I pee'd a little when I saw it.
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He wants to, but he can't get the lugnuts off
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:40:33 PM EDT
And he calls it his "War Kitteh". I wonder what his screen name here is?
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I think cats can probably get into more places that dogs can't.

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I think cats can probably get into more places that dogs can't.

http://i58.tinypic.com/xn81sw.gif
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Originally Posted By 4Kilo12:
Imagine if this could scale up to dogs ...


I think cats can probably get into more places that dogs can't.

http://i58.tinypic.com/xn81sw.gif


but can they get out of more places
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:48:50 PM EDT
Looks like I found a use for the random cat who started hanging around our house a year ago.
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No. Stay away from my house





Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:51:45 PM EDT
I wonder if it's waterproof.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:52:31 PM EDT
Acoustic Kitty Gen II
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:56:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By metalsaber:
Lot less suspicious with the cat.
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Originally Posted By metalsaber:
Originally Posted By NightFAL:
Because just driving around the block with your laptop is too much work?

Lot less suspicious with the cat.


Why not use an antenna from your house? A yagi will get you some good range to ID networks. Mine will go out to about 1 mile.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:56:43 PM EDT
Now put that device on a quad copter
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 12:56:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:

You fail to grasp the concept of building cool stuff just because it's cool.
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Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Originally Posted By NightFAL:
Because just driving around the block with your laptop is too much work?


You fail to grasp the concept of building cool stuff just because it's cool.

It isn't that cool. Now, if the device recorded packets so that the encryption could be attacked at the owner's house at his leisure, then it would be cool.

It probably does do this, but he didn't have the balls to publish it.
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http://i.imgur.com/jsgfD.jpg
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Originally Posted By MedicYeti:
Cars are too random. Throw the thing on a drone.


http://i.imgur.com/jsgfD.jpg
Done!



Awesome
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warkitteh

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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


might have to check it out. if its as good as his old stuff.
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Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:


heh good to see he is still drawing.. used to read his work back in the Dragon mag days.

Girl Genius is great. I used to read 'Phil & Dixie' back in the day, too.


might have to check it out. if its as good as his old stuff.

The first few years GG was damn good, but it started dragging after a while.
Link Posted: 8/8/2014 1:02:27 PM EDT
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I think cats can probably get into more places that dogs can't.

http://i58.tinypic.com/xn81sw.gif
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Originally Posted By 4Kilo12:
Imagine if this could scale up to dogs ...


I think cats can probably get into more places that dogs can't.

http://i58.tinypic.com/xn81sw.gif

Nice gif. Cats are magnificent machines, and we don't yet know how they work.
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Originally Posted By Silence:

The first few years GG was damn good, but it started dragging after a while.
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Pacing is a lot better if you can read it all at once. That bit in the castle was dragging ass as a serial.
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