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Researchers Turn Home Wi-Fi Router Into Spy Device 108

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the no-warrant-required dept.
hypnosec writes "Researchers at University College of London have applied principles of radar used in defense and designed a detector using home based Wi-Fi routers to spy on people across walls. Using the principles behind the Doppler effect ... Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty, at University College London, have built a prototype unit that uses Wi-Fi signals and recognizes frequency changes to detect moving objects. The size of the prototype unit is more or less the size of a suitcase. The unit contains a radio receiver comprising of two antennas and a signal-processing unit. The duo carried out test runs and ... they managed to determine a person's location, speed, and direction (even through a one foot thick brick wall). The device could be used to spot intruders, monitor children or the elderly, and could even be used in military applications."
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Researchers Turn Home Wi-Fi Router Into Spy Device

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  • NSA (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rant-a-Holic (2700617) on Saturday August 04, 2012 @05:52AM (#40876509)
    Hi there. NSA here. We'd like to ask everyone to stop copying our ideas. Unfortunately we can't patent them for obvious reasons, but we can block you just as much under the 'National Security' stamp, so just forget about it. Also just letting you know we are pushing for legislation to ban auto-frequency shifting routers and any rapidly moving iron object in the premises that may scatter signals. But for the record; this works just as well with your cordless phone, cellphone, radio controlled car and microwave, so switching of your router really doesn't help you. And since you propagate the radio signals voluntarily the fourth amendment also doesn't apply. (Please don't conclude we care about the constitution - We've had this argument already) Oh yeah, before I forget; dwellings that emit NO radio signals are automatically marked for surveillance and occupants placed on the no-fly list.
  • by JabrTheHut (640719) on Saturday August 04, 2012 @05:56AM (#40876529)
    Police forces will be pre-ordering this technology and asking for demonstrations within the next few days. Being able to spy on someone without a warrant or oversight is an aphrodisiac for cops.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04, 2012 @06:09AM (#40876569)

    No it doesn't. Stumbled upon the concept implies the concept was NOT there before, and while researching a related matter, somone had the idea of radar, independantly. So, the quote does indeed suggest that the navy invented radar.

  • by Gaygirlie (1657131) <(moc.liamtoh) (ta) (eilrigyag)> on Saturday August 04, 2012 @06:51AM (#40876691) Homepage

    No it doesn't. Stumbled upon the concept implies the concept was NOT there before, and while researching a related matter, somone had the idea of radar, independantly. So, the quote does indeed suggest that the navy invented radar.

    Incorrect. Stumbling upon something literally refers to the act of coming upon something; it does not imply existence of that something either way, not that that something existed before, nor that that something didn't exist before. You can stumble upon radar technology itself just as much as you can stumble upon the fact that someone else stumbled upon it.

  • Re:WWJD (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Johann Lau (1040920) on Saturday August 04, 2012 @10:37AM (#40877497) Homepage Journal

    Didn't Jesus let them kill him on purpose, so he could respawn 3 days later as a further demonstration of him being (endorsed by) the admin? But yeah, it's hard to make sense of it going just by a bunch of server logs which may have been tampered with.

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