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Transparency Grenade Collects and Leaks Sensitive Data

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the while-appearing-to-be-a-totally-innocuous-grenade dept.

Privacy 103

Zothecula writes "If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade allows you to leak information from anywhere just by pulling a pin. The device is essentially a small computer with a powerful wireless antenna and a microphone. Following 'detonation,' the grenade intercepts local network traffic and captures audio data, then makes the information immediately available online."

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LOL (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116533)

In before wiretapping laws...

Re:LOL (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116807)

In before wiretapping laws...

Nope, we need wirelesstapping laws to deal with this!

Many uses for this! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116535)

Can I throw one into CmdrTaco's bedroom?

Re:Many uses for this! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117553)

The grenade would report back absolutely no information.

Re:Many uses for this! (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120607)

It can't detect anything smaller than 2".

It's a marketing bug (2, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116549)

They put some bugging hardware in a cool looking case, they're probably selling it (I tuned out after looking at the pictures) and somehow they got on Slashdot. What I want to know is, where do I purchase the marketing grenade? They're not telling. That's where the real money is.

Re:It's a marketing bug (5, Insightful)

definate (876684) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116641)

It's not marketing, like you'd think. If you RTFA...

"The Transparency Grenade was created in January 2012 by Julian Oliver for the Studio Weise7 exhibition at Labor 8, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, curated by Transmediale 2012 Director, Kristoffer Gansing."

And on their webpage you get more information...

"The Studio Weise7 exhibition brings together a series of works that frame a volatile interrogation of our increased dependence on machines, computer networks, databases and digital automation. The works consist of curious devices, software and circuitry, each representing a unique, critical engagement with the challenges of our "techno-political condition". In doing so, they serve as triggers for discourse, code for study and tools for deployment."

So this device is them attempting to market an idea, and their art, rather than a product.

Re:It's a marketing bug (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116955)

So this device is them attempting to market an idea, and their art, rather than a product.

So what you're saying is that they are marketing something and now Slashdot is helping them. i.e. It is marketing like the OP thinks. Why does it matter if it is a product or art? (It's a rhetorical question.)

Re:It's a marketing bug (3, Interesting)

definate (876684) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118285)

Since you obviously want me to respond to your point, I will.

The op said...

"...they're probably selling it...where do I purchase the marketing grenade? They're not telling. That's where the real money is."

So, no. It's not like like the OP thinks. He believes this is a product, that some company is selling. It isn't.

More so...

"So what you're saying is that they are marketing something and now Slashdot is helping them."

This only holds if you consider anything where someone attempts to communicate anything to anyone else, as marketing. That could be correct in a technical definition of the term, however it would be wrong in the casual definition of the term which is synonymous with "commercial advertising".

If you think "Yes, this advertises the gallery/artist/idea", then you'd be correct, and every single piece of art in history, has been "marketing". Additionally, every single academic paper, would also be "marketing".

Re:It's a marketing bug (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39119567)

You can add to your retort this:

The core concept will continue to live on as an application for Android devices and server-side software. See the section Android application below for more.
* * *
Thanks to a generous donation from Scott Robinson (@quadhome), development of an Android application is underway, for rooted Android devices. This will mimic some of the functionality of the grenade, with the TG program running 'invisibly' on their phone as a backgrounded application. A GUI will be provided for configuration. It will allow upload using a 2048 bit SSH tunnel over the user's own 4G connection, automatically determining the location via the device's own GPS system and using this to position the 'detonation' on the map interface. Naturally this is a little more practical than walking into a meeting with a grenade in your jacket pocket.

Due to legal concerns the author will not provide a server for using this application. However, all code will be published for study and so that others can set up their own service, should they find a worthy need for it.

So while it may be pricey to buy a one-off device, complete with silver fittings, it sounds like an open-source Android app is on the way. If this is marketing, it surely is guerilla marketing of the best kind for a program that will likely be low or no cost.

Re:It's a marketing bug (2)

PatPending (953482) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117119)

So this device is them attempting to market an idea, and their art, rather than a product.

Still, we must not allow a Transparency Grenade gap!

Re:It's a marketing bug (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117397)

Ahh, so because it's shaped like a grenade it constitutes art, therefore this article _isn't_ just a veiled advertisment for a piece of shit product like every other post on Slashdot. They're selling the damn thing and they're astroturfing social media to get it done, I'd call that marketing a fucking product. Low-id dumbass.

Re:It's a marketing bug (4, Insightful)

Fned (43219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117633)

Ahh, so because it's shaped like a grenade it constitutes art

No, it's art because it was made by hand, there's only one of them, and it's on display at a fucking art exhibition.

Re:It's a marketing bug (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39118357)

I'm guessing you could have been put on display in a "fucking art exhibition" at your local side-show yourself, low-ID cocksucker. That doesn't make it "art."

Nice attempt at passive-aggression though, made me laugh. Well, not really, made me just hate the Slashdot groupthink assholes who allow this sort of marketing bullshit here in the first place.

Re:It's a marketing bug (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39118507)

Aw come on. Lighten up.

You should have told him something like... "next time I'm in a gallery I'm going to roll a booger into some random shape. Odds are it will meet all three of your criteria".

Re:It's a marketing bug (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39119329)

Art is a funny thing. Twenty foot tall pieces of canvas with a single black line down the middle have sold for thousands of dollars. I think the people who would buy such a thing are idiots, but no more so than you given your inability to even grasp the concept to begin with.

Re:It's a marketing bug (1)

The Master Control P (655590) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120745)

You seem to be rather a bit bitter at something as trivial as not having a low registration number on a web forum.

Re:It's a marketing bug (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39119755)

fucking art exhibition

Haven't the Japanese already done that with water colors? Or is this one with a Real Doll?

Re:It's a marketing bug (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120281)

Ahh, so because it's shaped like a grenade it constitutes art

No, it's art because it was made by hand, there's only one of them, and it's on display at a fucking art exhibition.

I'll bet people thought the first stealth fighter ever built was a piece of damn art too...it's all fun and games until your tax dollars at work are funding the next $500-billion dollar "Tactical Universal Recon Device" (a.k.a. TURD).

Give it time. This idea sounds stupid enough for Governments to bite off on it.

Re:It's a marketing bug (4, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116651)

Well the problem is that you tuned out after looking at the pictures.
It was made for an art exhibit in Germany and the creator is working on making an app for Android phones that will mimic the basic functionality.

The open sourcing and commoditization of hardware is bringing us the kind of technology that once required the R&D budget of a large company or the CIA..

Get Branded a Terrorist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39118053)

Due to the fact that the innovative hardware is packaged in an actual grenade shaped case, a person attempting to use the device could be easily charged under various terrorism laws. Add the authentication needed to get its signal out and this seems like a pretty stupid toy.

Now if it looked like a harmless desk calculator and could actually emulate one, then it would be a really useful covert device. It could have a solar panel and nobody would notice. You could simply borrow it if it failed to authenticate, or use the passphrase ShELLOIL (71077345) to enter a configuration mode.

Mmuu-ha-ha

Dare you to bring this to the airport (1)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116563)

But if you do, maybe it coud sniff out the RFID data in passports:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/02/21/1933213/damaged-us-passport-chip-strands-travelers [slashdot.org]

Re:Dare you to bring this to the airport (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116837)

Yeah, it'll BLOW THEM AWAY!

I mean... something else!

Re:Dare you to bring this to the airport (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117659)

It is a killer app?

johnny appleseed (4, Interesting)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116567)

Combine this with intel's solar powered chips and you can spread them like johnny appleseed where they're needed. Or, as a variation, set them up as fileservers with copies of music, movie, and media files and seed them everywhere until the *IAA's give up the ghost for good.

Re:johnny appleseed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116637)

Nice pun lol

Re:johnny appleseed (1)

brian.stinar (1104135) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116937)

I like the solar powered idea - then you can throw your grenade and just leave it for a while.

Re:johnny appleseed (1)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117485)

Combine this with intel's solar powered chips and you can spread them like johnny appleseed where they're needed. Or, as a variation, set them up as fileservers with copies of music, movie, and media files and seed them everywhere until the *IAA's give up the ghost for good.

For that matter, just replace the solar powered lighting in front of intended target's residence or place of business
with a similar unit that has all the goodies inside.

Claiming intellectual property on that one. Good til the end of the year I suppose. [nytimes.com]

-AI

Finally, a reason to shoot leakers (2)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116583)

"He had a weapon in his hand."

You are making it to easy for them.

Re:Finally, a reason to shoot leakers (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116669)

The summary:

This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade

Because only violent communists believe in the free flow of information.

But seriously, They'd probably be better off using a Picotux [picotux.com] to forward traffic.

Just what the world needed... (1)

dryriver (1010635) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116615)

Another device that screws with your privacy. Film at 10.

Re:Just what the world needed... (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116653)

The powerful already have all the tools they need to eliminate your privacy. This is a tool for us to eliminate their privacy.

Re:Just what the world needed... (2)

firefrei (2569069) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117301)

The powerful already have all the tools they need to eliminate your privacy. This is a tool for us to eliminate their privacy.

Why is it always an "us" vs. "them" scenario? What happens if I, a lowly geek, eventually through career progression and knowing the right people, finds myself in a position of corporate power? Will you come after me too?

I'm aware of the (correctly-quoted) saying "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely", but just going after those in power just because they ARE in power seems foolish. Not everyone in power is a dick. I admit the list of those who aren't is extraordinary low but still...

Re:Just what the world needed... (2)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117505)

Why is it always an "us" vs. "them" scenario?

This sort of rhetoric is necessary because Americans seem very reluctant to acknowledge the dynamic that is having an increasingly profound impact on their lives: the income disparity between a small group of individuals and everyone else. It's a combination of political correctness and a delusion that aristocracy is a "European" thing that can't happen here.

Your situation is hypothetical, but the transformation of this nation into a banana republic of haves and have nots is all too real.

“There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” -- Warren Buffett

Re:Just what the world needed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117809)

It is not a scenario, it is a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6qnMB7pOKA [youtube.com]

Generalities and Exceptions (1)

manaway (53637) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118909)

The powerful already have all the tools they need to eliminate your privacy. This is a tool for us to eliminate their privacy.

Why is it always an "us" vs. "them" scenario? What happens if I, a lowly geek, eventually through career progression and knowing the right people, finds myself in a position of corporate power? Will you come after me too? I'm aware of the (correctly-quoted) saying "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely", but just going after those in power just because they ARE in power seems foolish. Not everyone in power is a dick. I admit the list of those who aren't is extraordinary low but still...[emphasis added]

And that there is why; answered by a trustworthy source, your own experience. (And I look forward to trusting you as your career progresses, as you start hanging with the right people, as those right people decide you demonstrate profitable corporate power skills.)

Re:Just what the world needed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39122539)

What happens if I, a lowly geek, eventually through career progression and knowing the right people, finds myself in a position of corporate power? Will you come after me too?

The chances of that happening to your are rather slim, otherwise everybody would be in positions of corporate power.

So rather than concerning yourself with the interests of least likely of outcomes, why don't you just worry about the most probably scenario for your life: as a middle class slob in a dead end carreer.

This is, worry about your ACTUAL context and protect your interests first. The rich and powerful already worry about theirs plenty, and they are exceedingly good at it, they most definitively don't need your concern.

There's the real question of the era (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39121195)

How can we make institutions publicly accountable, and yet protect individual privacy? Institutions accumulate detailed information about individuals, and institutions can use individuals as catspaws, so it is not easy to create separate rules for institutions and individuals. We have two contradictory ethical priorities, and no clear way to resolve the problem.

Why the HELL does it look like a grenade? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116633)

To actually be useful, it should like like a cell phone, a pad of post-it notes, a small notebook, a random piece of garbage like a crumpled up paper or something similarly inconspicuous. Making it look like a grenade is just dumb.

Re:Why the HELL does it look like a grenade? (1, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116693)

I suggest it look like a used butt plug.

Re:Why the HELL does it look like a grenade? (1)

mrxak (727974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116699)

I can't wait for some protester to get shot 50 times when he whips one of these out to document police cracking down on a rally.

Re:Why the HELL does it look like a grenade? (4, Insightful)

AdamWill (604569) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116787)

Because it's an art project. It's not meant to be a production device.

Note the Android Port (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117197)

As TFA says, an Android port is on its way.

Re:Why the HELL does it look like a grenade? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39120123)

You're right. I should look like a Bunker Buster bomb instead.

Yes, this WILL blow you away (3, Insightful)

reilwin (1303589) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116663)

It will cause you to quite literally be blown away by law enforcement when they see you holding what appears to be a grenade.

Joking aside, I fail to see how this is supposed to be comparable to wikileaks. While wikileaks is undeniably intended to help whistleblowers, this is a tool suitable for multiple (not not necessarily ethical) purposes. Mind, I don't see too many corporate espionage agents actually using this as is...

Re:Yes, this WILL blow you away (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39122511)

The main use would be people likely to be oppressed by the authorities. This very day we have had some really disturbing images coming from Syria, the sort of thing that might force the UN to act. There was also a lot of footage of the police assaulting, abusing and even murdering people at protests in the last decade thanks to the proliferation of video cameras, phone cameras and CCTV. Anything which makes that information harder to suppress and instantly uploads the recordings is a very useful device to have.

TFA mentions wireless networks. Unencrypted audio chatter on walkie-talkies and pager networks would be useful too. You could even record encrypted police radio bands and then demand keys to decrypt them in court later, since the police have a nasty habit of "losing" that kind of evidence. Wireless CCTV would be worth capturing too.

I already have this on my iPhone 4S (1)

rs1n (1867908) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116687)

Open up a dictation and it will record everything to text. The 4S has a special processor to even handle the filtering of noise. There's really nothing new here...

Re:I already have this on my iPhone 4S (2)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117945)

Did you miss the part where it records network traffic and streams it all to the 'net?

Re:I already have this on my iPhone 4S (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 2 years ago | (#39121469)

it has to be able to listen to the network traffic first... this explains why some places absolutely refuse to even entertain the idea of using wifi and stick strictly to using wired networking

I will use this to read your thoughts (0)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116707)

And then I will get all the ladies in bed with me. AwesomewI will be cooler than the Beetils and Jason from school who acts all badass but is really a shithead and a trader. AWESomeoelme!!!!

Holy shit (1, Insightful)

identity0 (77976) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116717)

Holy shit, I've finally seen it, the WORST IDEA ON THE INTERNET.

Because when you need to sneak in electronics to discreetly leak something and get away, there's nothing better to hide your tools in than a grenade. Nope, a suspicious guard might confiscate your fake MP3 player or cell phone - better hide it in a grenade!

Soon to be joined by the fire extinguisher flamethrower and handgun checkbook!

Re:Holy shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116773)

They should make it look like a George Foreman grill.

Re:Holy shit (5, Insightful)

f3rret (1776822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116831)

It's. Art.

Re:Holy shit (5, Insightful)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116915)

Just because it's art does not mean that it isn't stupid.

Come to think of it, I need that printed up on a shirt....

Re:Holy shit (1)

f3rret (1776822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118705)

Well sure, it's stupid, no doubt.

It is now, however, the (ahem) WORST IDEA ON THE INTERNET. Nor is it a cleverly designed tradecraft device, it's art. Tech art.

Re:Holy shit (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 2 years ago | (#39119451)

Suggest it to snorgtees or any of the other custom shirt companies.

"Art" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117713)

This is the internet. Text is cheap. You can go ahead and splurge on an appropriate four-letter word with out having to use mere three-letter space-savers.

Re:Holy shit (1)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118661)

No, it is not art. It is stupidity.

Re:Holy shit (1)

lytlebill (659903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116841)

According to the FA, the grenade-shaped design is for an art exhibit, and there's a donation drive for a version of the software that will run on Android devices.

Re:Holy shit (1)

abroadwin (1273704) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116893)

Fire extinguisher flamethrower? Worst prank ever.

Re:Holy shit (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117029)

"Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? What a country!"

- Dr. Nick Riviera

Re:Holy shit (1)

PatPending (953482) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117075)

Fire extinguisher flamethrower?

It's for fighting fire with fire.

Re:Holy shit (1)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116961)

I think you're missing the point.. I don't think this was developed to be an actually used and deployed device.. but rather a social/technological commentary.

Otherwise.. yes.. it's a really bad idea for a case design. I think perhaps a design like the Model 24 Stielhandgranate [wikipedia.org] would be better...

Re:Holy shit (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117123)

But you know someone will inevitably use one of these, throw it over a wall and meet some armed response.

Re:Holy shit (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117335)

Boy, you sure have a long ways to go if this is the worst idea you've found.

Re:Holy shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39119607)

OK, I'll bite.

List 3 ideas worse than this one. Not saying you're wrong, just that this could get interesting.

I'll even get you started. I officially nominate the following as the worst ideas on the Internet:

1). Fire extinguisher flamethrower;

Re:Holy shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117647)

I think a good gift for the President would be a chocolate revolver.
And since he's so busy, you'd probably have to run up to him real
quick and hand it to him. - Jack Handey

Re:Holy shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39118543)

From the linked webpage:

development of an Android application is underway, for rooted Android devices. This will mimic some of the functionality of the grenade, with the TG program running 'invisibly' on their phone as a backgrounded application. A GUI will be provided for configuration. It will allow upload using a 2048 bit SSH tunnel over the user's own 4G connection, automatically determining the location via the device's own GPS system and using this to position the 'detonation' on the map interface. Naturally this is a little more practical than walking into a meeting with a grenade in your jacket pocket.

(emphasis theirs)

Looks more like an ad for silversmithing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116757)

Bloody silly. Nice one slashdot. This device guarantees upload anonymity does it. I wonder how. I can't see one of these ever being misused.

Not like Wikileaks, not disruptive (3, Funny)

guspasho (941623) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116759)

As far as I can tell this idea is neither disruptive nor in any way similar to Wikileaks. Am I missing something?

Re:Not like Wikileaks, not disruptive (2)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116993)

Yes, yes, you are missing something. Never before has anyone conceived of a device to surreptitiously listen in on someone and broadcast that to a remote location. I mean, it's not like that is in every spy movie, Mission Impossible episode, and cop show ever created. And even more amazing, it lets you listen ON THE INTERNET! Can you imaging that?? Sound on the internet? How revolutionary. But the main feature you are missing is the fact that it is so easy to hide. No more trying to squeeze all those electronics into something conspicuous like a thumbtack. This looks like a GRENADE, so it can easily be hidden amongst all the other Soviet grenades that commonly are in executive offices and conference rooms.

Re:Not like Wikileaks, not disruptive (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117989)

This doesn't just record audio, it also records network traffic.

Re:Not like Wikileaks, not disruptive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39120873)

Yes, but publishing the source code so you can do that, in the background, on any Android device is... uh, not the same.

I go to city meetings. Some of them are open, some of them are closed. Taping a meeting in my location is a felony. For reals. It's fucked up.

So if I want a tape of something, I need to do it deniably. Having a hidden process that does not leave data on the phone itself is actually a pretty solid approach to the problem of taping a meeting I'm actually participating in, yet is for bullshit reasons illegal to tape.

Re:Not like Wikileaks, not disruptive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117013)

Yes, you are missing Soulskill's intelligence.

So is he, it seems. This article is complete shit.

catch (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116769)

Here's the asterisk that's missing from the end:
* not if it's on an AT&T data connection though, then it won't find a signal in any respectable amount of time :-P

Weapon of choice of Capt. Obvious (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116775)

I think I will quietly document this potentially incriminating meeting by WHIPPING OUT A GRENADE AND SLAMMING IT ON THE CONFERENCE TABLE.

Actually, I think their point was that they had or were developing a similar package which would use a smartphone instead of a grenade.

Re:Weapon of choice of Capt. Obvious (2)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117455)

Actually, I think their point was that they had or were developing a similar package which would use a smartphone instead of a grenade.

There are places (where it might be interesting to make recordings) that won't allow phones into certain meetings. DoD classified stuff is obvious. But I've worked at companies where some shifty stuff was going on. And anything that looked like it might record was looked on with suspicion*.

*I was in such a meeting once. When I walked in, my boss spied my MP3 player (just a player) and asked me to leave it at my desk. "No recording devices allowed." So I dropped it off, came back and laid my PDA on the table in plain sight (it can record). I didn't actually record anything. But I just wanted to see if he was really dumb as a rock. He is.

Re:Weapon of choice of Capt. Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117551)

Well, he was dumb enough to hire you. I'll give him that.

Re:Weapon of choice of Capt. Obvious (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39119383)

Nope. I was there first. And I outlasted him.

US disposable wireless surveillance ideas (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116819)

Small, off-the-shelf hardware, runs Linux, build it and collect/attack networks. Can be placed by hand or dropped from an unspecialised UAV.
"Sacrificial Computing for Land and Sky"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm_cHb8Mm9w [youtube.com]

"Disruptive" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39116883)

Can we make that word a capital offence, now that it's been taken over by cocksucker 2.0 douchebags?

arp (1)

fred911 (83970) | more than 2 years ago | (#39116905)

So you need access to the ap and the device poisons the arp table then forwards to another server. Seems that only traffic on the ap is at risk.

not the best way to do this.... (1)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117191)

It's a cute idea but if you really want to do something like this, figure out a way for the hardware to sit inside (and draw power from) a desktop component like a monitor or a desktop switch. Better yet, a power strip or UPS. wifi would suffer but the power would never go out. If the UPS also handled phone/eth/coax surge protection, you've also got another way to get the data out.

Sounds patently irresponsible, frankly (2)

Gimbal (2474818) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117245)

I can understand the fascination with "covert" leaks - there might appear to be a certain emotionally sensational quality about it, to the uninvolved and/or uninformed observer. When someone takes the security of a country, a governmental branch, or even a private enterprise as if it was "fair game" to breach the security of which for their own personal political statement, then it becomes dangerous. Considering so far as such statements would ultimately backfire, can we not learn to be more responsible as citizens and as people?

If there's a matter of transparency one wishes for, one really should "talk it out", and talk it out patiently, before so much as attempting to open up, to the public, what is not one's own to open up, in the first place - and furthermore, before endangering anyone whom the information would affect directly and personally. If one talks it out, beforehand, one really might come to recognize one's own naivete, before having us all pay a cost for one's own little wish to make a political statement.

I cannot argue to dreams and wishes, I can only argue to facts. Private information is private information. That, itself, should be fact enough.

Re:Sounds patently irresponsible, frankly (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117821)

So now the government is "private". Great news, no more taxes!

Re:Sounds patently irresponsible, frankly (1)

JakartaDean (834076) | more than 2 years ago | (#39121425)

I can understand the fascination with "covert" leaks - there might appear to be a certain emotionally sensational quality about it, to the uninvolved and/or uninformed observer. When someone takes the security of a country, a governmental branch, or even a private enterprise as if it was "fair game" to breach the security of which for their own personal political statement, then it becomes dangerous. Considering so far as such statements would ultimately backfire, can we not learn to be more responsible as citizens and as people?

While I generally agree with your sentiment above, I think there are situations where being able to anonymously blow the whistle on something is for the best. Where I work and live, tax authorities are corrupt. Mightn't it be nice to have a device like this streaming the demands for bribes over the 'net? If your manager is considering doing evil, might this be a way to stop it without losing your job? I agree with you that we all have to act responsibly, but when someone else isn't, sometimes action is required.

Holding that torch in his mouth... (1)

Tyrannosaur (2485772) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117287)

Looks like a way cool idea- obviously the "grenade" form is just a gimmick, but TFA says they're working on an Android app that does the same thing as well. It is things like these that will make us encrypt our data streams better.

What really blew my mind though was in the first source there's a pic of him holding a torch in his mouth! And I thought I was BA for holding the soldering iron in my mouth...

don't let the TSA see this they may have clear the (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117327)

don't let the TSA see this they may have clear the airport and make a big mess with having rebook lot's people.

It's a bugging device? (1)

LeonPierre (305002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117825)

So it's a network analyzer and an audio bugging device?

As long as we're breaking laws, why not bug the video as well?

I do like the idea though....

Ass-backward design... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39117861)

Isn't the point of a discrete information-gathering device to NOT immediately alert anyone nearby?

Brings to mind... (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#39117881)

the Nethack Terminus [youtube.com] .

This device is seriously a must-have for every well-equipped probe team.

Brilliant idea, but.. (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118061)

How exactly does it upload all this data onto the web if there are no nearby open access points?

  I mean if you say it "makes the information immediately available online." I'd be stupid to believe in it blindly without an explanation as to how it manages to do this. TFA links to two pages, none of which mention how this incredible feat is accomplished. :)

If anyone happens to have an idea about how this is being done, I'd like to know.

Re:Brilliant idea, but.. (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120243)

Well I guess you set the device in an area with access points? If you have to sneak in, a different kind of wire friendly small box might be needed?
So have access points, then you can start getting details out. Start filtering out the lawyer, advertising, accountant next door and focus in on your person of interest?
Or just get all the spyware in while your person of interest is away for a few week but they left some of their hardware powered on.
Your basically dropping in a small computer with a list of wifi ready sniffers, crackers and a OS that will phone out when its ready.

This should be an APP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39118411)

for a smartphone. Push a button and it streams A/V and location live to the internet where it is recorded.

1. so next time you're assaulted, or see a police beating, or witness a payoff of an official,
2. start streaming, and
3. when challenged, point out it's all going LIVE to the internet.
4. be amazed how quickly the situation evaporates.
5. if you're beaten up anyway, and your phone stomped underfoot, at least you have a record of the incident, so you can
6. SUE SUE SUE
7. Profit

Re:This should be an APP (1)

Pf0tzenpfritz (1402005) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120953)

Next time you "see a police beating" throw a bloody hand grenade at them. Great idea. At least you last seconds will be broadcast (hopefully). Sure going to be a bummer on YouTube.

You think that's bad, we can sequence your DNA (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 2 years ago | (#39118509)

Using a device the size of a USB stick, we can sequence your entire DNA nowadays.

That's got a LOT more information in it.

Cool looking but brain-damaged design (1)

Pf0tzenpfritz (1402005) | more than 2 years ago | (#39120943)

Sure looks cool. But the "grenade" design might cause you a lot more trouble (including getting shot) than the transparency thingy itself. Think about "panic", "terror", "obviously armed with...". So it's by definition an example for bad design. Even the worst possible design, to be more specific..

Illegal post (1)

EnempE (709151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39121615)

This news story arguably violates US law, and as such the Terms of Service of Slashdot.

Under U.S. Federal Code 18 Crimes and Criminal Procedure 2512. Manufacture, distribution, possession, and advertising of wire, oral, or electronic communication intercepting devices prohibited

.. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, any person who intentionally [..]

c) places in any newspaper, magazine, handbill, or other publication or disseminates by electronic means any advertisement of:
(i) any electronic, mechanical, or other device knowing or having reason to know that the design of such device renders it primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications;


I am all for transparency, but this is an indiscriminate privacy violator, and there seems to be little question about the surreptitious primary purpose of this device.

Transmetropolitan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39123831)

Spider Jerusalem is impressed.

snarky high tech perfromance art.... (1)

bodland (522967) | more than 2 years ago | (#39124201)

I dig this stuff...
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