Sensible collar turns your cat right into a WiFi hacking weapon

Smart collar turns your cat into a WiFi hacking weapon

Overlook Trojan horses — it is the cats you need to fear about. Safety engineer Gene Bransfield has developed WarKitteh, a tech-laden collar that turns feline companions into scouts for WiFi hackers. The innocuous-wanting accent hides a Spark Core board that maps wi-fi networks and their vulnerabilities wherever the pet wanders. If used within the subject, the know-how can be fairly sneaky; the cat stalking mice in your yard might characterize the prelude to an assault in your wi-fi router.

Fortunately, Bransfield does not plan to weaponize the Siamese subsequent door any time quickly. WarKitteh was developed on a lark, and it is not getting rather more publicity than a panel on the Defcon hacking convention. Nevertheless, the experiment in pet-based mostly community penetration additionally serves as a pleasant reminder to lock down your house’s WiFi entry level. The engineer found that lots of his neighbors have been both utilizing weak safety, or none in any respect — it would not have taken a lot for somebody with extra sinister intentions to both “borrow” these connections or spy on their customers.

[Image credit: Gene Bransfield]