Of all the recent stories about hacking and the invasion of people’s privacy by the good ol’ government, I’m a bit turned off by news of stolen passwords these days. But this is the best hacking story I’ve ever read, so I’m making an exception. Who doesn’t want to know how to hack Wi-Fi with a cat?
When we were little, my brother tied a transistor radio to our cat’s tail. The idea was that the cat would walk around from room to room, filling the house with music. A lovely idea, in theory. In reality, the cat freaked out and took off running down the stairs, smashing the radio to bits. But a cat collar containing a chip with firmware, Wi-Fi card, GPS, and battery could function much the same way. A cat wears this stuff and moseys around the neighborhood, mapping residents’ Wi-Fi networks and gathering information about any routers that either lack encryption entirely, or would be easy to infiltrate.