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August 22, 2014 AT 12:47 pm

DEF CON 22 Talk: Weaponizing Your Pets

Gene Bransfield gave an excellent talk at the 22nd DEF CON conference that took place a few weeks ago in Las Vegas.  The topic is how to make a ‘war kitteh’ and ‘denial of service dog’ that sniff out and attack WiFi networks around the neighborhood:

WarKitteh: In my job I have to deliver frequent Information Security briefings to both technical and non-technical professionals. I noticed that as the material got more technical, I began to lose the non-technical crowd. Therefore, I started including humorous pictures of cats and made the briefings include stories about those cats. This worked, and I soon became notorious for my presentation style. After delivering one of those presentations, an audience member offered to lend me their cat tracking collar. The collar contained a GPS device and a cellular component and would track your cats movements throughout the neighborhood. Me being the guy I am, I thought “All you need now is a WiFi sniffing device and you’d have a War Kitteh.” I laughed, and started working on it.

DoS Dog: With apologies to LadyMerlin (who has since blessed the project) I attended Outerz0ne one year and LadyMerlin brought her dog. They had labeled the puppy the “Denial of Service Dog” as the pooch demanded so much attention that it was impossible to complete any task other than petting the dog. I thought that if you loaded a doggie backpack with different equipment (e.g. a Pineapple) you could create a Denial of Service Dog of a different kind.

Don’t miss this talk, it’s quite entertaining and well done.  There are even some Adafruit devices like the CC3000 and TV-B-Gone kit featured in it!

DEF CON 22 – Weaponizing Your Pets – Gene Bransfield


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