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For The Internet Addicts: Hobbit Sword That Glows Near Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks

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In ‘The Hobbit’, Bilbo Baggins has a sword named Sting. This magic sword glows in the presence of Orcs or goblins, as you know. Now, there is a modern version: the WarSting. It glows when it detects unsecured WiFi networks.

It’s an educational tool designed to encourage people to encrypt their Wi-Fi networks. Krista Peryer of Make says it sends a message to its owners.

“And when you slash WarSting through the air near a unsecured Wi-Fi network, WarSting jumps on that network and publishes a message: “{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!”

The Daily Dot reports on a guide from Spark.io that the built-in mechanism enables anyone with a plastic Sting, the sword used by Bilbo Baggins that glows blue when orcs are nearby, to find Wi-Fi.

The hack involves taking apart the toy and installing a little Wi-Fi development kit, which should work as long as the toy has lights and sound.

The future is near!

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