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Cable connector form factored surveillance device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200320D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

Use of a network connector form factor for surveillance and monitoring

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Cable connector form factored surveillance device

Nefarious uses aside, there will always be a need for monitoring and auditing employee behavior, especially when in an environment that requires access to sensitive information. Current commonly known implementations include a range of techniques from network (packet sniffing, network monitoring), user hardware (monitoring software, key logging, etc) to personnel integrity (background checks, government clearances). Each of these techniques can be defeated if detected, so in many cases the best monitoring technique is the least detectable.

The concept that disclosed is the use of a network cable connector as a form factor for a surveillance device, where the cable would look and behave as a normal network cable. It would also have additional hardware in the connector (such as a RJ45 connector) that could provide data interception or monitoring, but with the benefit of discreet use to the end user.

One reference example would be a standard CAT6e cable that would be used to attach a user's workstation to the network. On either RJ45 connector, additional hardware could be used to "split" the network data, routing it to it's intended and a preset destination. The RJ45 connector would look like and not need to be any larger than a standard "snagless" connector available today.

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