We tested wireless jamming out for ourselves in this odd-looking setup designed to contain the RF interference. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Wireless Jamming 101
Jamming concerns are nothing new, and they're not unique to security systems. Any device that's built to receive a wireless signal at a specific frequency can be overwhelmed by a stronger signal coming in on the same frequency. For comparison, let's say you wanted to "jam" a conversation between two people - all you'd need to do is yell in the listener's ear.
Jamming a wireless radio requires knowledge of its broadcast frequency as well as the right equipment to jam that frequency. It also requires criminal intent, because jamming is highly illegal. Buying or selling these devices without the right certifications is often illegal, too.
Security devices are required to list the frequencies they broadcast on - that means that a potential thief can find what they need to know with minimal Googling. They will, however, need to know what system they're looking for. If you have a sign in your yard declaring what setup you use, that'd point them in the right direction, though at that point, we're talking about a highly targeted, semi-sophisticated attack, and not the sort of forced-entry attack that makes up the majority of burglaries.
It's easier to find and acquire jamming equipment for some frequencies than it is for others. For instance, there's a great deal of common radio equipment that broadcasts at the 400Mhz range, making it easier to find something off of the shelf that will jam at those frequencies.
Some systems use software to detect intentional RF interference. Screenshot by Ry Crist/CNET
Wireless security providers will often take steps to help combat the threat of jamming attacks. , winner of our Editors' Choice distinction, utilizes a proprietary algorithm that's capable of separating incidental RF interference from targeted jamming attacks. When the system thinks it's being jammed, it'll notify you via push alert. From there, it's up to you to sound the alarm manually.
SimpliSafe was singled out in one recent article on jamming, complete with a video showing the entire system being effectively bypassed with handheld jamming equipment. After taking appropriate measures to contain the RF interference to our test lab, we tested the attack out for ourselves, and were able to verify that it's possible with the right equipment.
We were able to jam SimpliSafe's sensors, but the system detected we were doing it and sent us an alert. Screenshot by Ry Crist/CNET
However, we also verified that SimpliSafe's antijamming algorithm works. It caught us in the act, sent an alert to my smartphone, and also listed our RF interference on the system's event log. The team behind the article and video in question make no mention of the algorithm, or whether or not it detected them.
We like the proprietary nature of that software. It means that a thief likely wouldn't be able to Google how the algorithm works, then figure out a way around it. Even if they could, SimpliSafe claims that its algorithm is always evolving, and that it varies slightly from system to system, which means there wouldn't be a universal magic formula for cracking it.What does it mean to offload an app? how to stretch out hamburger helper What is the real meaning of jack and jill? How to backwash a pool? which pair of atoms has the highest electronegativity difference? how to create helper in laravel How to get rid of foot fungus? advice for a parent who is grieving and who has children grieving as well Which is better acrylic nails vs tips? How to mud and tape drywall? what is long term care definition what is the difference between goog googl how to build up creative visualization skills What is the meaning of "excess capacity" in the health care inpatient sector? How to find area of a rectangle? what is evapotranspiration definition what skills are needed to be a massage therapist What does it mean to squirt? which is better hellwig helper springs vs supersprings What does yt mean? How to cite in apa? how does interspinal microstimulation improve on fes which of the following is a major difference between angina pectoris and ami What does copious mean? What is meaning of customer experience? Site:pinterest.com/pin/ what is the tamil meaning of subsistence farming? You become what you behold meaning? What does portfolio mean? What is labiaplasty meaning? what is the definition of medicare part b What time does butter by bts come out? How to change copic multiliner sp tips? What does taco mean sexually? How to connect to sonos? What does mucus in stool mean? christian advice when you discover yourbteen watching porn what is paraphrasing definition chad mariska talked about how to craft a business message. his basic advice was to: What do the red flags mean? What are they selling? what is difference between bank and credit union Why the king of love is dead meaning? what is the definition of firmware what are 4 interpersonal skills How to save a word document as a pdf? What are the deadliest snakes? what is the definition of self-destructive behaviors brainly in human services who is a better helper how much does a helper cost how does intergroup contact theory apply to improving our intercultural communication skills? how to double hamburger helper stroganoff What does carpool mean? how can i improve my eyebrows Phyllis hyman you know how to love me? what is gender prejudice definition What does vermin mean? What does the color brown mean? How to earn money as a kid? Tips on how to keep long distance relationship? Pay how much tips in las vegas? How to download cc for sims 4? what does teamwork skills mean what is difference between corned beef and brisket What does a wifi extender do? What disease does dr. phil have? what can you do to improve your time management skills Why are the tips of my plumeria turning black? how to list your skills summary for adminstrative and management roles What are swishers? what are beginner excel skills What is meaning of cinco de mayo? The meaning of translational research and why it matters? How to pair a ps4 controller? what is the number for snap benefits where can i go for career advice How to cite sources in apa? What is a ray? What are the side effects of prednisone? what does homicide mean definition What is the meaning behind the 4th of july? How to get rid of chest acne? Tips on how to prepare a slaves anus for huge butt plug? how to improve my bad credit score what are the techniques to improve memory What does death feel like? what are the benefits of folate What is the meaning of down the hatch? ourhotwives advice on how How to make sweet potatoes? how to measure performance What does tendered for delivery mean? how to file a restricted application for spousal benefits online why does my child sim learn skills fast How to cook chicken tenders? How to spice up your website html5 tricks? 2 year old male toddler who throws things at people and tips over chairs? How to make kimchi fried rice? How to lose leg fat? how to use zulrah helper what skills do i need to be a digital nomad What does nalgas in spanish mean? How to cut side bangs? what is the difference between camry models advice on how to tell your daughter to stop being stupid. How to get coffee stains out? What does player mean? What does wine taste like? How to send? what are the benefits of taking estrogen How to select multiple files? what are three types of skills you might encounter data entry jobs what is it keyboard skills How to activate chase credit card? What is the meaning of dunce? How to lower diastolic blood pressure? What does fair mean? what are the benefits of taking milk thistle people who give bad advice