The Little Black Book of Wireless


The Little Black Book of Wireless is a work in progress by Studio Weise7 (Bengt Sjölén, Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev).

Bound in black cloth, The Little Black Book of Wireless contains a complete history of 802.11 and GSM wireless communications, exploits and vulnerabilities. Yet while this atlas of the unseen is a wealth of information, it comes not without risk: merely opening this dark volume involves the risk of being read by it.

At the very moment that the cover is lifted, the book awakes. As pages are turned, a built-in, custom-designed computer quietly studies its environment. Host-names and user-names, unencrypted passwords, HTML and email fragments, handset IMSIs, images and any other available identifying information within its reach are harvested and stored, made available on a website served by the book itself. Closing the book deletes all gathered data, returning the book to its dormant state.

It is a book to be handled with extreme caution.

The Little Black Book of Wireless is part of Human Futures, developed with the support of Aarhus University and Kunsthal Aarhus.

(Above image is from the earlier project The Weise7 in/compatible Laboratorium Archive.)