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[] the Register: WolfPack - Napster fürs Militär,
US forces to target enemy mobiles with P2P WLANs
By Tony Smith
Posted: 15/08/2003 at 11:22 GMT

The US military is developing a weapon based on peer-to-peer technology to 
take out mobile phone communications, the US Department of Defence has 

The system also has the capability to covertly monitor cellular traffic. 

Codenamed 'WolfPack', the device is intended to prevent an enemy from 
using its communications technologies, including cellular, without 
hindering US forces' own communications systems. 

WolfPack is a 6 x 4in cylinder weighing 6lbs, capable of being dropped by 
parachute or fired into the target area as a missile payload. Each device 
zaps mobile phone communications within a radius of half a kilometre. 

"The idea is to litter the battlefield with these small objects," WolfPack 
programme manager Preston Marshall in a statement. 

The battery-powered device contains an inflatable antenna. Fins mounted 
inside the cylinder extend from the device on touchdown to lift it into a 
vertical position. Once in place and with the aerial up, each WolfPack 
until begins communicating with any others it can detect. 

Together, they quickly establish a network. Other networks in range can 
tie in too, creating, if you will, an 'Internet' of WolfPack nodes, which 
ultimately allows data from any single device to be routed across the 
network of networks to the command centre. 

Each cylinder can generate radio signal to disrupt cellular traffic, said 
Marshall. "Each WolfPack is very small, but collectively they gang up on 
the signal," he added. 

Equally, the units can used to monitor enemy communications signals. Think 
of it as a Napster for military intelligence - each device can share the 
signals it picks up with all the others. 

Units can stay powered for up to two months in the field, and can be later 
collected and re-used. Each node costs around $10,000. Together, they are 
cheaper, less obtrusive and a much less obvious target for enemy 
intervention than the aircraft-based systems used to jam or monitor 
communications at the moment. 

WolfPack prototypes will be put to the test with in the next 18 months, 
the DoD said. ?
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