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SIGINT--Signal Intercept--and Flying Our Drones

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Flying Cephlopod, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Flying Cephlopod

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    I saw a video clip on how "the military" was researching how to deal with the potential threat of UAV's or drones, and this made me wonder about various SIGINT technologies might--and perhaps already do--interfere with our flying of our radio-controlled quadcopters, etc.

    Perhaps development and testing of SIGINT technologies might explain some of the uncontrolled situations that some on this forum have mentioned--such as fly-aways and crashes?

    In the following video clip, the person being interviewed mentioned how unmanned drones can be built by anyone in their garage, for example:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/370881111900 ... ed-drones/

    SIGINT is nothing new... I wouldn't call it news, but it's something that could be difficult to detect and prove.

    BTW, SIGINT could mean Signal Intelligence, Signal Intercept, Signal Interference. Call it what you want--even tactical and strategic communications apply as SIGINT is a form of that.
     
  2. Flying Cephlopod

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    My original posting didn't get any responses, but the following are some more references about interfering with drones, etc.

    Of all the countless discussions that this forum and others have discussed about fly-aways, we haven't discussed electronic signal interruption. Any number of entities could employ--whether legal or not--devices that interfere with flying RC devices.

    Along those lines, here are some links from various sources about the Cyborg Unplug or anti-router.

    Articles:
    'Anti-router' stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks:
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/6/611524 ... necting-to

    This gadget can knock drones and Google Glass offline:
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/08/tech/mobi ... index.html

    ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes:
    http://betabeat.com/2014/09/cyborg-unpl ... lassholes/

    Cyborg Unplug Won’t Allow Drones Or Google Glass To Connect To Wi-Fi Networks:
    http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/09/cyborg ... -networks/

    There's also youtube videos about it.
     
  3. The Editor

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    This device won't have any effect on Phantoms, UAV's etc - It's just a clever bit of marketing to get people to shell out and buy one!

    Firstly - the range is going to be limited and 99% of these are going to be plugged in indoors

    Secondly - It's denial of access is based on MAC codes. Since flying R/C 2.4gHz doesn't utilise MAC codes, the product is useless (for stopping drones). You could use it as a paperweight or doorstop I guess.
     
  4. ianwood

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    Explicitly interfering with the connectivity of another WiFi device that is not connected to and using your network is pretty much akin to hacking and will land you in Club Fed. So if you don't use it as a door stop, you can use the plastic shell to smuggle drugs in your butt to buy protection while in the clinker which is where you'll be if you use it.
     
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    I have not heard of those laws yet. I agree in principal but if laws have not been passed, where this is happening, then it might not be "illegal" I am sure they are coming though.
     
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    ROTFL :lol: .... That's three uses we've found for it then !
     
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