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Cat Collar Can Steal Your WiFi Information
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Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 8/17/2014

Hackers aren't just hiding in dark rooms with laptops, waiting to steal your information. It could be the cat that brushes by your leg on the street. A hacker shows how he rigged a cat collar to collect Wi-Fi information. Laurie Segall gets a demonstration on how it works. "So you're about to take this adorable little cat on a walk," says Segall. "I'm going to try," answers Gene Bransfield of Tenacity Solutions, Inc. "You're going to try," says Segall. "But there's something very unique about this cat and that is that this cat, along with its collar has hacking capabilities. Am I right?" "Uh. He has scanning capabilities," says Bransfield. "So this little thing is talking, is listening to satellites in space and collecting all these GPS hits. "This SD card was in the collar, collecting the data, and we put it onto the laptop here." "So, we're looking at a ton of data," Segall says. ""Yes," Bransfield replies. "And that was collected in a couple minutes with the cat roaming around with this high-tech collar?" Segall asks. "Um hmm," Bransfield replies. "If you're a bad guy, what are you going to do with all this?" Segall asks. "If I'm a bad guy I'm going to look here and see which open WiFi access points are available to me," Bransfield says. "And if I'm going to some type of hacking or some sort of malicious activity. I won't do it from my house because they can track me to there." "Okay," Segall replies. "I can go to somebody else's house, connect to their WiFi, hot spot via their open WiFi," Bransfield says. "And then if you want to do hacking or even something really terrible like child pornography, you can download it via that open WiFi access point. And when the FBI shows up they're going to show up to where that access point was, not the guy who connected to it." "And so what's the message you kind of want to give with this?" Segall asks. "So, I just did this because the idea of it made me laugh," Bransfield says. "And I wanted to see if I could actually accomplish it and I managed to accomplish it. But what I'm really disturbed by is that there's a lot of open WiFi access points. The biggest thing people can do is make sure that their home wifi access points are properly secured. That's what John and Jane Q public can do on a day-to-day basis to make sure that their house is the most secure."

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