WIFI-HOG - 2003
A tactical tool to liberate public WiFi Nodes!Exhibitions:
"Waves - the Art of the Electromagnetic Society", May 10-29, Internationale Kulturtage der Stadt, Dortmund, Germany.
"Design and the Elastic Mind", February 24 - May 12, 2008, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, NY, USA.
OBORO, Sept 16 - Oct. 21, 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
ZEMOS98, March 13, 2006 - March 19, 2006, Reclaim The Spectrum Exhibition, Seville, Spain.
FutureSonic: Mobile Connections, April 29-May 5, 2004, Manchester, UK.
"Wifi-Hog: From Reaction to Realization", by Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Published by RIXC, Riga, Latvia. (2004).
"Wi-Fi Hog, prendere il controllo di una rete wireless", Neural.it, September 18, 2003.
"WiFi Hog - Early Xmas For Nihilistic Technofetishists", Technovelgy, November 9, 2004.
"A tactical tool to liberate public WiFi Nodes", We Make Money Not Art, November 8, 2004.
Since most wi-fi networks operate on the 2.4 and 5 GHZ band, Wifi-Hog uses a standard Portable Video Jammer (which also blocks wireless X-10 Camera signals), which is modified slightly to communicate with a PIC microcontroller and accepts power from a USB connection. The WiFi Hog software runs on the user's machine (Mac OSX/Win 2K / XP) and functions as a packet sniffer / wifi stumbler to find any open wireless nodes and detect incoming and outgoing packets. The packet sniffer looks for outgoing and incoming packets with headers that include the local IP address of the WiFi Hog user's machine. If these headers are found, the jammer is switched off, and the packets can flow freely. If no IP headers match the user's machine, the jammer is kept on, blocking everyone else from accessing the node.
The Homestead Act of 1862 in the USA provided that unoccupied public land be transferred to a homesteader after five years of residence. This was an act sanctioned by the government in the US to create a system of land grants to encourage settlers to develop the then uninhabited West. In effect, the Homestead Act was a pay off for settling in the region. Wifi-Hog is very different from this since it represents an almost 'hostile' takeover of this land. Imagine if you had lived on the land for 3 years, it was still in the public domain, but you had invested your life into it, and someone came along and fenced off the land with a fence you could not penetrate. In this case you do not have any legal right to the land, but you still feel as if it is yours since it has been in your custody for 3 years. This is a scenario closely linked to Wifi-Hog's premise that a public wireless network maybe be partially owned or maintained by someone, but it can nevertheless be taken away and controlled.
|Holding the PVJ device and microcontroller box:|
|Backview of PVJ device, laptop, and controller unit:|
|Backview of PVJ device and USB connector:|
|Screenshot of Wifi-Hog Software:|
|Wifi-Hog installed at Reclaim The Spectrum (3/13/06 - 3/19/06):|
|Wifi-Hog installed at FutureSonic (4/27/04-5/08/04):|