War Rocketing?

5 08 2006

If there was every a story that deserved a LOL it’s this one:

 http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/273

War driving by rocket at 6,800 feet

Some funny excerpts:

“The hobbyists equipped three rockets with wireless access points capable of scanning for networks during the rockets parachute-assisted descent, a technique they dubbed “war rocketing””

Let’see: war-driving, war-walking, war-talking, war-rocketing???  What are they war-smoking?

“While the largest rocket, known as a Nike Smoke, could scan more than 50 square miles of land for wireless networks, the rocket could only be launched in rural areas, where such hardware is rare.

…uhhhhh….DUH?

“Unsurprisingly, the rocket only detected two other networks.”

At this point, I’m snickering.

“The two smaller rockets–one of which was launched in a rural area–found 3 access points in the sparsely populated area and 7 networks in near the college town of Charlottesville, VA. “These access points were scattered across rural farms that we could not detect from the ground,” Hill said.”

Oh, I see.  So you have access points that you cannot detect from the ground?  What direction were the access point antennas pointed??!?

Seriously, though, scanning for wireless networks is so common that some people wanted to do something new with it.  And, you CAN detect just about any wireless device, unless it’s in a tempest-rated room inside of a solid concrete structure with no windows.  Yes, this was a very geeky thing to do, but this smells like a publicity stunt.

“The rockets were built for less than $1,000 in total, and each launch cost $35 for the smaller rockets and $200 for the larger one.”

Make that a cheap publicity stunt.  But an expensive (and foolish) attempt at demonstrating, uh, something, or whatever it is they wanted to demonstrate to the DEFCON crowd.

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9 08 2006
WarRocketing? - Wireless Forums and Wifi Forum

[…] WarRocketing? Rick Hill, Senior Scientist, Tenacity Solutions, Inc. was one of the featured speakers at DefCon14 this year. He gave a presentation on WarRocketing, which discussed "the design, launch, and recovery of a rocket whose objective is to network stumble 50 square miles in less than a minute." Some discussions: obijuan: [techno]plebe Blog Archive War Rocketing? WarRocketing Dick’s Rocket Dungeon: WarRocketing!?! Networking for Pros: Interview with Matt Byrne from WirelessDefence […]

11 08 2006
WaynePorter.Com The Post Human Experience » Blog Archive » Defcon and WarRocketing

[…] obijuan: [techno]plebe » Blog Archive » War Rocketing? WarRocketing Dick’s Rocket Dungeon: WarRocketing!?! Networking for Pros: Interview with Matt Byrne from WirelessDefence […]

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