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ProxyHam Lets Hackers Distance Themselves from IP Addresses

ProxyHam Lets Hackers Distance Themselves from IP Addresses

by P. H. MadoreJuly 2, 2015
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Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, goes the rule, and so there is a new tool on the market for those that don’t want to be identified by their IP address.

There is now an antenna-like tool that lets them broadcast their signal up to a mile away from where they actually are, such that if they were tracked down from their IP address, despite using Tor, they’d still not be exactly where the tracker was trying to find them. They’d be possibly miles away. The device is called the ProxyHam, and it’s not a joke.

The way it works is pretty simple. On the one end, a small computer device that will broadcast a WiFi signal, ideally from a public service of some kind. It would obviously have to be hidden so it wouldn’t be tampered with, sitting in public as it were.

On the other end, a large antenna that picks up the signal from the little computer, thereby establishing a connection to your regular laptop or desktop computer. A truly dedicated individual in this cause might even set up repeater towers, and boost the signals, and what not, so he could be even further away. If you had multiple boxes trolling multiple hotspots, for instance, you wouldn’t have to worry about bandwidth most likely. Clearly, becoming this untraceable requires a fair share of work, and if someone spots you with a huge antenna, trying to pick up some signal, you might become suspect.

Nonetheless, the device will be unveiled at the upcoming DefCon conference, and the creator, Ben Caudill, will be selling the devices at cost to attendees. If everyone were to start doing this and encrypting their data, the government could effectively be thwarted in their effort to detect anything online. This creates a moral dilemma, but then Caudill can’t exactly be held liable for what people who are using his product do. Harm is done from many products, and their producers are not always held accountable.

In an article about the ProxyHam, Caudill tells the outlet that he spent somewhere over $200 building the device. It doesn’t mention that that’s the price he’ll be selling them for, however, if that’s what it cost, that’s what “cost” would mean. For the record, though, it is yet unknown what the devices will be going for at the conference. Whatever they’re going for, the expectation would be that they will do well in a crowd of people who would much prefer to be untraceable.

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