Friday, July 14, 2006

Scared that your phone is tapped..

...that homeland security or the FBI, CIA, or the AISB are reading your emails and hearing your phone calls? Well, here's some handy advice that one of my agents found out in the field:

Note: I, Hobbs von Wackamole, did not write any of the following -

Introduction:

So, you are paranoid enough to wonder if the police have been tapping your line? Maybe it is the 8 month long drug probe you heard about that led to 19 arrests in your area? Or not, but that's what tipped me off to inventing the White Box. And if you are like me then you will appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the Department of Homeland Security isn't reading your e-mails to Grandma.

What is the white box? It is a device you can attach to your own phone line, which will generate a moderate amount of line noise that makes it impossible for the government to sniff traffic between you and your ISP. But it doesn't generate enough line noise to interfere with your connection. The device is usually called a noise box, and can also be used to add an abnormal amount of noise on the line, which would make data transmissions almost impossible and voice communications annoying.

I discovered this Box by accident because one of the silver wires in my phone cords was exposed for most of the year. Whenever anything touched it, the cord would generate a small amount of noise on the line. And because my phone was being tapped as part of a drug investigation, my ISP would *drop my call*, but because someone else was listening I couldn't get a dial-tone until I manually forced my modem to hang-up. That may not happen with all wire-taps, but you can be sure that a little line noise makes it really hard for them to know what's happening during a data transmission. So, now that you know what it is, let us go about the steps of building one.

Building/Installing A Noise-Box:

Materials:
1 RJ11 Coupler
1 5k Potentiometer/10k Potentiometer 15 turn
1 1.0-1.5 uf Capacitor, non-polarized, 100vdc+
1 100 ohm, 1/2 or 1/4 watt resistor

Procedure:

1) Solder one end of the capacitor to the middle lug of the pot.
2) Solder one end of the resistor to either remaining end on the pot.
3) Open up the RJ11 Coupler and expose expose some copper on the red and green wires.
4) Take your white box and hook the capacitor to the green wire.
9) Hook the resistor to the red wire.
10) Plug a phone line into the white box.
11) You can now adjust the pot to add noise to the line.
11) Remember to remove the white box when you have finished testing.

Closing:

Pretty nifty, huh? Well, I know there are easier ways of doing this, and I will experiment a bit to find the best combination, so you won't have to go around adjusting pots and shit because this guide was created to interfere with making calls. And not blocking out Wire taps. It may not be perfectly suited as a tool to make it harder to log your traffic, but just a minimal amount of line noise will cause problems while you are being tapped. While it would take a lot more to do it when your line is clean.

1 Comments:

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Dr. R. Murk said...

I did this and it blew up my sorry paranoid ass.

But I did find out that SpaceFarmer lives under my house.

 

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