IoT weaponised for sonic at­tacks on US diplo­mats

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

Re: “Cuba has duty to pre­vent at­tacks on US en­voys: Trump”, The Na­tion, Oc­to­ber 18.

The re­al­ity is that any­body, any­where on earth, could have sent a va­ri­ety of sig­nals – from slight ear-itch­ing ir­ri­ta­tion to a 5,000-, 10,000-, or 25,000-watt WHAMO that would give the tar­get a se­vere headache, or worse – to any of the 22 US Em­bassy staff via satel­lite-mi­crowave hard­ware. US diplo­mats in Ha­vana are com­plain­ing of headaches, hear­ing prob­lems and con­cus­sions. The US has cut staffing at its Ha­vana em­bassy by 60 per cent in re­sponse to the in­ci­dents, ex­pelled Cuban diplo­mats from Wash­ing­ton, is­sued a travel warn­ing for Amer­i­cans go­ing to Cuba and stopped is­su­ing visas for Cubans in Ha­vana.

I sus­pect the com­mu­nist Cubans lack the know-how to carry out the at­tacks in Ha­vana .

The at­tack­ers likely used tech­nol­ogy known as the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) – which read­ers might be in­ter­ested to know was orig­i­nally dis­cov­ered and de­vel­oped in Bangkok in the 1980s.

The com­pany and phe­nom­e­non upon which it is based was called METME (Max­i­mum Ef­fi­cient Trans­fer of Mod­u­lated En­ergy). It was dis­cov­ered by English­man

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