Hertzian hacktivist art technology shines light on media manipulation at an unlikely source.
The Black Hat News Network has engineered a hardware hack that permits media manipulation at the point least expected: the point of reception. The innocuous looking device can be plugged into a wall socket and is designed to exploit Wi-Fi hotspots. Once it has the wireless network password the Linux software in the mechanism hijacks the Wi-Fi router and deceives any smartphone or laptop that connects to the network.
Anyone who connects to the Wi-Fi hotspot will have their Internet traffic commandeered by the Newstweek Device.
(the victim computer) can be tricked to believe it is conversing with the router -and vice versa- when in fact all traffic is passing through the rogue device. The rogue device becomes the puppet master of the local network, able to intercept and modify all content