Wifi Bird Snooper: In Starbucks, No One Can Hear Your Laptop Scream


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a wifi bird snooper? The New York Times has an interesting look into a remote-controlled bird named WASP that is barely four feet long yet becomes “an imperceptible, quietly humming little creature when it hovers overhead.” The article says it could be deployed over an office building to sniff out information going across its wireless network. If the office network is well-secured, “the plane could follow one of its employees on a trip to a neighborhood Starbucks to use the cafe’s wifi network [and] mimic the cafe’s network, luring the unwitting employee and allowing access to a laptop or cellphone.” As the article suggests, “in Starbucks, no one can hear your laptop scream.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.