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'Anti-router' stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

September 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dante D'Orazio / The Verge

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device enters the vicinity of your home. Even better, you can lock those devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network. If you're really looking to make a statement, you can even show those "Glassholes" who's boss by preventing all surveillance devices near your Cyborg Unplug from connecting to any Wi-Fi network.

The device is really just a tiny router the size of an old Apple Airport Express that's had its firmware customized to sniff out and block devices based on their MAC addresses. It's created by Julian Oliver, an artist living in Berlin who originally came up with a bit of code called Glasshole.sh that was designed to kick Google Glass devices from your Wi-Fi network. Apparently the idea was such a hit that Olvier decided to make a complete consumer product based on the same premise.

Oliver notes on the product's website that its so-called "All Out Mode" -- which prevents surveillance devices from connecting to any Wi-Fi network in the area -- is likely illegal, and he advises against its use. Nevertheless, we can imagine activists slipping these litte devices into public areas and wreaking a bit of havoc. Of course, even if the Cyborg Unplug does shut down a stranger's device from connecting to Wi-Fi, it doesn't do anything to stop it from saving video or audio data locally. The Cyborg Unplug will be available soon for $50 to $100.

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