Building Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) Capabilities on a Hackers Budget: Tracking and Fingerprinting RF Devices for Fun and Profit presented at ShmooCon 2012

by Brad Bowers,

Tags: Security

Summary : Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) has long been a tool used by three letter agencies and the military to uniquely identify and track the electromagnetic energy given off by electronics. This same technique that is used to track war ships by their unique RF signatures, radios and other electronic equipment can be distilled down to a low cost hacker friendly MASINT setup capable of tracking people, electronics and other electrical equipment.
In this presentation we’ll discuss how to use low cost spectrum analysis equipment and homemade radio direction finding (RDF) antennas to create a hackers MASINT set and uniquely identify various types of RF signatures.