All Your RFz Are Belong to Me: Hacking the Wireless World with Software Defined Radio
Mon., March 31, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 PM
155 Donner Laboratory
Ever wondered what traffic is flowing through the many satellites in orbit above you? Have you wanted to intercept primary and secondary RADAR signals from air traffic control and visualize your local airspace in real-time on a 3D map? While you're at it, check how many faults have been reported by the next plane you'll be travelling on (e.g. do the toilets work?). How about tracking down the source of a clandestine transmission that is interfering with your favorite channel?
I will show how to analyze and hack RF communications systems using open source software and cheap radio hardware. The focus will be on how to use Software Defined Radio to create: a digital satellite demodulator for blind signal analysis, a souped-up Mode S aviation transponder/ACARS receiver with an Internet-enabled smooth-streaming Google Earth front-end, and a Radio Direction Finder.
I will also touch on some other SDR applications, such as tracking seafaring vessels with AIS, tracking HAMs with APRS, decoding WiFi 802.11a, interrogating FasTrak traffic toll tags with RFID, decoding RDS in the FM broadcast band, and decoding GPS.
A software engineer by training, Balint is a perpetual hacker, Applications Specialist and SDR Evangelist at Ettus Research, and the guy behind His passion is extracting interesting information from lesser-known data sources and visualizing them in novel ways. Lately, he has become obsessed with Software Defined Radio and all that can be decoded from the ether. When not receiving electromagnetic radiation, he likes to develop interactive web apps for presenting spatial data. Originally from Australia, he moved to the United States in 2012 to pursue his love of SDR.
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