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Why Were Plans for a 2.5-Mile Anonymizing Wi-Fi Extender ‘Proxyham’ Killed?


Two weeks ago, security Benjamin Caudill unveiled[1] a new cheap anonymizing device called Proxyham.

The device allowed its operator to connect to a Wi-Fi network up to 2.5 miles away, detaching the user from the IP address and giving him or her an extra layer of anonymization online. Caudill was expected to release the code for Proxyham, as well as show off a prototype, at the hacking conference Def Con[2] in Las Vegas next month.

But over the weekend, due to mysterious circumstances, the talk at Def Con got cancelled, and the development of Proxyham was shuttered. To make matters even murkier, Caudill said he is unable to talk about what happened, suggesting he might have been pressured to kill Proxyham.

“Effective immediately, we are halting further [development] on Proxyham and will not be releasing any further details or source for the device,” Caudill’s firm Rhino Security Labs tweeted[3] on late Friday.

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  1. ^ unveiled (motherboard.vice.com)
  2. ^ Def Con (motherboard.vice.com)
  3. ^ tweeted (twitter.com)
  4. ^ Read more (motherboard.vice.com)

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