Monday, February 13, 2012

DARPA Set to Drop Computer "F-Bombs" to Spy on Public

Nicholas West
Activist Post

It's bad enough that drones have been welcomed by Congress into American skies, as well as already being used around the planet to conduct surveillance and bomb select countries from remote locations.

The latest proposed addition to the drone spy program is even creepier:  disposable computers with software programs funded by DARPA to be dropped as self-destructing "bombs."

Now, not only will drones surveil and hack from above, but they will drop a payload to interface with hidden computers on the ground, completely integrating a full-spectrum data transmission and control grid.

The name of the project, as well as its announcement at a hacker convention called ShmooCon, had this non-techie convinced that it had to be satire or a hoax, but the project has also been noted by Forbes and Wired, which only serves to illustrate how far off into our dystopian technocratic police state we have wandered.  It seems that we are being acclimated to how funny and cool our futuristic spy toys have become.  This fun has culminated in the planned dropping of F-BOMBS (Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors) to combat "Bad Men With Guns."

The F-BOMB introduces the idea of disposable surveillance as a guard against forensic evaluation and the ability to track the source of the drop.  Creator, Brendan O'Connor, has received DARPA funding to implement a software package into his nearly non-traceable surveillance hardware as cheaply as possible with easy-to-obtain components. 

Back in August, another DIY project was introduced as the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform (since renamed Project Vespid).  This modified military drone was put together from parts legally obtained on the Internet by two hackers (intelligence agency consultants, actually) Rich Perkins and Mike Tassey, who presented their work at a Black Hat conference.  The release was supported by a breathless Wolf Blitzer who seized upon the announcement to illustrate the new threat of being hacked from above.  Brendan O'Connor has reduced the DIY cost of similar capabilities to no more than a few hundred dollars with his F-BOMB project.

O'Connor summarizes the value and capabilities of his new Sacrificial Computing for Land and Sky concept in the video that follows, highlighting that his surveillance tool can be planted manually, or dropped from specialized drone aircraft:

Similar to the creators of the home-made WASP hacking drone, O'Connor states that he is merely exposing the vulnerabilities of networks and their users.
Despite its name, O’Connor says the F-BOMB is designed to be a platform for all sorts of applications on its Linux operating system. Outfit it with temperature or humidity sensors, for instance, and it can be used for meteorological research or other innocent data-collecting.  But install some Wifi-cracking software or add a $15 GPS module, and it can snoop on data networks or track a target’s location, O’Connor adds. As is often the case with these kinds of hacker projects, he says the devices are only intended for penetration testing–finding security flaws in clients’ networks in order to fix them–and wouldn’t comment on what DARPA might do with the technology (Source)
However, this rings false (or profoundly naive), as O'Connor also has received his funding from the very organization that is at the forefront of using taxpayer money to eradicate privacy around the world, including that of American citizens. As a result, the government already can:
  • Hack your personal information (source)
  • Monitor your private phone calls (source)
  • Read your private e-mails (source)
  • Spoof cell phone towers (source)
  • Break down firewalls (source)
  • Jam cellular frequencies causing denial of service (source)
  • Disrupt and manipulate Wi-Fi signals (source)
  • Track your every move (source)
Although O'Connor said that he wouldn't comment on what DARPA might do with the technology, his own business website Malice Afterthought indicates a solid working relationship with military intelligence:
Our principal, Brendan O'Connor, has taught at the US military's cybersecurity school as well as working for both VeriSign and Sun Microsystems in their security divisions; he has also worked for DARPA and startups as a combination engineer, dreamer, and mad scientist capable of making even the most challenging tasks into reality.
We should all know by now that we don't have to be technology experts to envision some rather dark applications that are no longer security challenges, but are part of an agenda to fundamentally alter our reality and perceived social contract within a supposedly free society.  That reality has little to do with protecting citizens' data and privacy, and everything to do with covering the tracks of government's ubiquitous intrusion into our private lives, as well as ramping-up their violation of the Constitution by presuming guilt over innocence, and subjecting citizens to their mad science and mad dreams.

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Paul Panza said...

It seems to me that off the shelf items could be rigged to detect drones and disrupt this activity. Is a system that is wireless safe from F-bombs? F the military and banks before they F-US.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the inventor of guillotine averred that it would only be used for criminals.

Tatiana Covington said...


Anonymous said...

in vietnam and afghanistan...they threw a bag o rocks...up into the air and it got sucked into the engines and our planes fell right of the air

Anonymous said...

they are already doing this on infowars phone

Dr. Goldstein said...

Once-great America has bankrupted itself dropping sophisticated expensive bombs on Muslim countries and instigating WW3. America is now 'the land of the unemployed and the home of the homeless'.

The Sad Truth: If America had left the bombs in the warehouses, and instead dropped food, medicine, water pallets, blankets, tents, clothing, etc, etc ...

...they would have actually won the 'hearts and minds' of the Muslim Peoples, and moved the world in a peaceful direction, for about 2% of the co$t.

Oops - the zio-neocons f*cked up and destroyed America from within. The only 'mission accomplished' was setting the stage for WW3...'s coming soon.

edward_enoch said...


Anonymous said...

Jesus is our only hope.......He can't be bought and is in charge...nothing happens unless He allows it. so, nothing to fear but fear itself. :>)

Anonymous said...

If that's true then Jesus is not my kind of god if he allows the murder and mayhem of innocents.

Anonymous said...

>>Oops - the zio-neocons f*cked up and >>destroyed America from within. The only >>'mission accomplished' was setting the stage >>for WW3...
>>'s coming soon.

Yup, and those who put their hopes in the Great O and his sidekick Hillary were sooo disappointed that they did not make everything OK again. Somehow they only made it worse!! Who is in charge of DARPA now? Who was in charge of sending US troops to Libya?

Wake up, it is all the same agenda, no matter who sits in the White House or a Congressional Seat.

Grow up, get rid of that "it's all the neo-cons fault" and start to do something constructive about the situation.

Anonymous said...

NONE of this is happening by accident. "Whoops, my bad," doesn't cut it. They always claim they could not have foreseen this happening, oh my.

It's all part of the plan.

TNP said...

It was bush's fault?
Is there really a difference between Obama and bush?

Anonymous said...

"Track your every move". Here you have linked to GPS surveillance by police in a 2010 story, in the meantime the US Supreme Court has ruled placing a GPS device on a car is unconstitutiotnal absent a court-approved warrant.

Anonymous said...

I was told to buy fishing line & run it up from roof tops i.e. high buildings & structures. The line will entangle a drone or perhaps "f-bomber" and screw with them.. Maybe not a bad idea for the coming surveillance drones and knock them out of the sky. (just a thought, maybe it could work in the larger, big city areas)

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