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- The White Box
July 13, 2006, 7:31 pm
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THE WHITE BOX
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So, you are paranoid enough to wonder if the police have been tapping
your line? Maybe it is the 8 month long drug probe you heard about
that led to 19 arrests in your area? Or not, but that's what tipped me
off to inventing the White Box. And if you are like me then you will
appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the
Department of Homeland Security isn't reading your e-mails to Grandma.
What is the white box? It is a device you can attach to your own phone
line, which will generate a moderate amount of line noise that makes it
impossible for the government to sniff traffic between you and your
ISP. But it doesn't generate enough line noise to interfere with your
connection. The device is usually called a noise box, and can also be
used to add an abnormal amount of noise on the line, which would make
data transmissions almost impossible and voice communications annoying.
I discovered this Box by accident because one of the silver wires in my
phone cords was exposed for most of the year. Whenever anything
touched it, the cord would generate a small amount of noise on the
line. And because my phone was being tapped as part of a drug
investigation, my ISP would *drop my call*, but because someone else
was listening I couldn't get a dial-tone until I manually forced my
modem to hang-up. That may not happen with all wire-taps, but you can
be sure that a little line noise makes it really hard for them to know
what's happening during a data transmission. So, now that you know what
it is, let us go about the steps of building one.
Building/Installing A Noise-Box:
1 RJ11 Coupler
1 5k Potentiometer/10k Potentiometer 15 turn
1 1.0-1.5 uf Capacitor, non-polarized, 100vdc+
1 100 ohm, 1/2 or 1/4 watt resistor
1) Solder one end of the capacitor to the middle lug of the pot.
2) Solder one end of the resistor to either remaining end on the
3) Open up the RJ11 Coupler and expose expose some copper on the red
and green wires.
4) Take your white box and hook the capacitor to the green wire.
9) Hook the resistor to the red wire.
10) Plug a phone line into the white box.
11) You can now adjust the pot to add noise to the line.
11) Remember to remove the white box when you have finished testing.
Pretty nifty, huh? Well, I know there are easier ways of doing this,
and I will experiment a bit to find the best combination, so you won't
have to go around adjusting pots and shit because this guide was
created to interfere with making calls. And not blocking out Wire taps.
It may not be perfectly suited as a tool to make it harder to log your
traffic, but just a minimal amount of line noise will cause problems
while you are being tapped. While it would take a lot more to do it
when your line is clean.
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