Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Nerd level 99: Achievement Unlocked

I like me some security goodness as much as the next guy, but c'mon:
Spark.io gives you a step-by-step guide to hacking a toy Sting and turning it into a device that glows blue when you are in range of an unencrypted Wi-Fi network. By disassembling your plastic Sting [sword] and incorporating the Spark Core, a tiny Wi-Fi development kit, you can hack the toy’s light and enlist it to show you when you are near an unsecure network. The best part about this hack? It only requires two things: a Spark Core and a replica Sting with lights and sound, like this one.
The "best" part?
You can also use Sting to teach owners of unencrypted networks a lesson. When the sword turns blue, push the button and slash away at the air. This prompts Sting to join the network and publishes a message: "{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!"
This is why nerds can't get dates.

Via Slashdot, where the comments are pretty funny.


Spike said...

Combine this with a bit of scripting, a list of default username/passwords to common routers, and you could really cause havoc.

Glenn B said...

The real havoc is going to be caused by some stoned out nerd, outside a home on the front walk or lawn, from whence he detected unsecured WiFi. Imagine if you will that he starts waving his sword wildly in the air (with jerky stoned-out wild-man movements) just as the armed homeowner comes out and sees this madman on his property waving a sword and takes him as a threat. A few bangs later and the havoc will have begun.

Unknown said...

Dammit, Janet! This is why we can't have nice things!