Saturday, September 10, 2011

US Military Plane Forced Down by North Korean Electronic Attack at Pat Dollard

US Military Plane Forced Down by North Korean Electronic Attack at Pat Dollard

This is a growing threat, it keeps getting lost between cyber security and laser beams. Sounds a bit star wars, and actually is a spin off of that program. The two key players in it are the US and Russia, and now Korea. Most Electronic Eng, could rig a device that will cause problems short term and at a limited distance. But worrying rumors of well over 200 miles, and perhaps entire satellite foot prints are being talked about.

What a lot of folks may not realize is that more and more world wide aviation are using directional devices for flight guidance that can be effected by this type of interference. No longer sold legally in the US, devices have been available to jam cell phones, this technology is being used in restaurants in Mexico and other countries, as well as in movie theaters. The technology is not expensive, around 200 dollar last check. Made in China, Taiwan, & South Korea for the most part, anyone can put one together fairly easily. They have been used by Governments to stop or disrupt cell traffic, some times even for a few seconds to clear a jammed cell tower, so emergency services can get signal.

But this story brings to the forefront the big worry that the bad guys will have them. North Korea, finances itself making items like these, and remember most 2 year engineering students have the know how to make them. The scenarios are endless, from causeing simple panic on a New York Street, watch what happens when everyone on a busy New York street loses signal. To incident like the one in this story. Frankly, I am surprised the story even got out, it is one of the dirty little secrets like liquid explosives that security worried about, but since we did not have a solution and the bad guys had not thought of using it, it just sort of sat there, talked about in back rooms. If this story does not get legs, than it will fade back into oblivion for a while. Sort of like the "bump key problem".

Rich

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