The devices can block attackers and send out warning messages that deter them from hacking back
An ingenious device designed by IBM engineers to intercept and slow down Wi-Fi traffic that is gaining in popularity with the public.
The device — called ‘warshipping’ — can slow down to more than a quarter of a mile the speed at which online attacks on networks are carried out.
Users can see how fast their network is suffering a flurry of data flowing through it by marking the device they are attempting to hack on a bar.
Unlike traditional Wi-Fi transmission devices, warshipping can intercept the packets of data passing through an individual network and create a delay that crushes the ability of hackers to get information to their intended targets.
Together with specific network identity information, a hacker can guess the location of the devices they have tried to target, depending on the amount of that type of information.
Rob Kerr, manager of marketing communications for IBM’s global security business, explained the technology behind the Warshipping device.
“With warshipping, it creates a delay that causes other network agents to wait longer and cannot adjust their actions in time,” he said.
“If someone tries to interrupt your Wi-Fi it can be very difficult for them to do so.
“It is not advisable to use this product to take over a mainframe or start a process, but it is very useful for targeting wireless botnets — networks of hundreds or thousands of malware-infected computers.”
After they were installed, warshipping devices allow users to install the software on an Android smartphone or iPad to get access to the network in order to work their way around a network.
Security researchers at Symantec estimate that businesses waste about $2.7 billion a year because of the vulnerability of their Wi-Fi networks.