Cyborg Unplug is a wireless anti-surveillance system for the home and workplace.
'Plug to Unplug', it detects and kicks devices known to pose a risk to personal
privacy from your local wireless network, breaking uploads and streams.
Detected devices currently include: Google Glass, Dropcam, small drones/copters,
wireless 'spy' microphones and various other network-dependent surveillance devices.
to detect and disconnect Google's Glass device from a locally
owned and administered network. Following broad coverage in the press, the
script struck a chord with countless people all over the world that felt either
frustrated or threatened by the growing use and abuse of covert, camera-enabled
Whether business office, restaurant, school or nightclub: it's your territory
and your rules, so make it harder for those that seek to abuse it.
whose Google Glass ban signs have become popular among restauranteurs, cafe and club owners in the United States.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every wireless (WiFi) device has a unique hardware signature assigned to it by
the manufacturer. These signatures are broadcasted by wireless devices as they probe
for, connect to and use wireless networks.
Cyborg Unplug sniffs the air for these signatures, looking for devices its owner
has selected to ban. If a banned device is discovered an alarm is triggered
(LED, audio or message*). Further, if that device is found to be connected to a
network that Cyborg Unplug is trained to guard, a stream of special
'de-authentication' signals (packets) are sent to disconnect it. It does this
automatically, without any interaction required from its owner.
* Due to technical limitations, alarm features may be restricted to the high-priced model.
IS THIS LEGAL?
It is perfectly legal to block certain devices from using a network you control and
administer. Some wireless routers allow an administrator to create blacklists,
although generally they are limited to specific devices rather than an entire
product. Cyborg Unplug is just as legal, differing only in that it takes a
'direct action' approach to wireless defense: a detect-and-disconnect routine,
alarm system and an automatically updated list of devices able to be banned.
Please see CAN IT BE USED TO DISCONNECT DEVICES FROM ANY NETWORK?
IS THIS A JAMMER?
No, not in any stretch of the word. A jammer disrupts all signal within a given
(radio) band by flooding it with noise. Cyborg Unplug does not do this
. Rather, it detects
and targets a specific device and disconnects (only) it in turn by sending the same, legal,
de-authentication packets a router sends when it disconnects a device.
HOW DOES CYBORG UNPLUG STOP SPIES AND VOYEURS TAKING PHOTOS AND AUDIO/VIDEO?
It doesn't and it can't. It only stops them streaming what they record to a
device or service on the Internet (Skype running on a laptop or a cloud
service). This is the case for many wireless devices used for surveillance;
streaming to the Internet allows for remote backups and surveillance while
ensuring the offending device contains no evidence of the abuse.
WHY NOT JUST PASSWORD PROTECT MY WIFI?
Cyborg Unplug isn't designed for use in those cases where
there is already strict control over who uses the local wireless network. Rather, it's
for those with networks used by many people (school, office, library, bar, cafe)
that either give out the password or provide an open network. Wireless devices
used to spy and stream images/video/audio/data to the Internet using that network
) or via any network (All Out Mode
includes tethered connections to phones) will be detected. An alarm is then
signalled and the detected device is disconnected by Cyborg
Please note that no encryption of any kind is a hindrance to the detection
and disconnection of wireless (WiFi and Bluetooth) devices by Cyborg Unplug:
it operates at a level below the IP network (specifically at Layer 2 of the OSI stack).
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Two models will be initially available, priced by functionality. Both will be priced
between $50 and $100.
WHAT ABOUT DEVICE UPDATES?
If your Cyborg Unplug is connected to the Internet (via an Ethernet cable to
your router) it will anonymously (using Tor) and securely download lists of
wireless devices known to be used to threaten your privacy soon after they hit
the market. This means that as detectable hardware addresses change, Cyborg Unplug
will be made aware of them.
CAN IT BE USED TO DISCONNECT DEVICES FROM ANY NETWORK?
In short yes. But be sure to read on to understand the implications...
Cyborg Unplug can be operated in two modes. The recommended mode is Territory Mode
disconnecting target devices from selected network(s) owned and operated
by the user. The other mode is All Out Mode
, which disconnects all detected target
devices from any network they are associated with, including paired connections with
smartphones. Please note that this latter mode may not be legal within your jurisdiction.
We take no responsibility for the trouble you get yourself into if you choose to deploy
your Cyborg Unplug in this mode.
WHAT IF I WANT TO ALLOW GOOGLE GLASS BUT BLOCK A WIRELESS MICROPHONE?
Devices to be blocked are selected during the three screen set up phase: just
select the devices you want to block and leave those you don't.
WOULDN'T CHANGING THE HARDWARE ADDRESS GET PAST THE CYBORG UNPLUG?
Yes it would. For this to happen however the device used for spying would have
to be 'rooted' or running alternative firmware. This is not only often very
difficult (in some cases practically impossible on tiny embedded
devices), it's also something hardware manufacturers generally discourage, voiding
warranty. As such we consider altered hardware addresses to be a fringe case.
WHAT ABOUT DATA CONNECTIONS ON A GLASS TETHERED WITH BLUETOOTH?
We're currently looking into sniffing and breaking Bluetooth
connections with the same degree of accuracy as connections using WiFi.
This would be made possible on Cyborg Unplug with the purchase of an additional Bluetooth USB dongle.
WHERE WILL YOU SHIP?
We'll ship to the EU, UK and US initially. We'll update you about other
locations shortly. Please note we only have options for EU, UK and US plug
IS THIS AN OPEN SOURCE PROJECT?
Yes indeed. Free and Open Source. The code will be made available under the GNU
General Public License. A firmware download will also be made available such that the
more intrepid person can flash it onto a select range of compatible hardware
WHO ARE YOU?
- Project Lead, Developer.
- Branding, Site Design, Conspirator.
Stop The Cyborgs
- Conspirator, Inspiration.