(Video documentation 2012)
Packetbridge (Packetbrücke) is a wireless geographical network intervention. It explores simulating entire network situations by transferring electromagnetic infrastructure to a different physical space. Wireless network packets are directly captured from a specific location and tunneled through the Internet to a remote location, where they are released back into the air. In doing so, Packetbridge literally injects one geographical space into another, effectively producing a new imaginary topography and, through this remediation, an “impossible reality”.
Packetbridge demonstrates that positioning systems based on WLAN are a site for intervention, expressing at the same moment they are vulnerable to location spoofing attacks. This effect is especially interesting, considering that we increasingly rely on an ever-growing number of wireless devices for localization, navigation and time-synchronization.
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