Detecting Substances in a Crowd (and badBIOS)

Working together, NATO and Russia has developed a device that’s designed to spot explosives in a crowd, in real time, and without alerting the crowd to its presence. The technology was developed together by the Dutch, French, Germans, Italians, and Russians. It works using “a series of sensors and microwave scanning technology.”

Now, my first question is whether this is a version of atomic dielectric resonance (ADR)[1] adapted to spotting explosives instead of oil. ADR in and of itself could be a version of the Kelvin longitudinal waves I’ve previously speculated could escape even shielded rooms and present a compromising emissions threat.

(I have a suspicion that, if this radiated energy is produced by the conversion of an electrostatic potential into a displacement current, you could shield it… with a parallel plate capacitor having sufficient capacitance to convert the incident displacement current back into an electrostatic potential, and bleed it off through a resistor. Thus, no more energy to continue propagating. Most things aren’t very capacitative, so the energy just keeps going.

Perhaps the next generation of shielded rooms will have walls of metal plate sandwiching a high-K dielectric, with bleeder resistors located as appropriate. Something worth experimenting on, maybe.)

There’s also the police-state question. If this technology can detect bombs, how long until it’s used to detect drugs? And how about people carrying gold? And the specific chemical formulations of ink on banknotes — can you detect someone carrying a lot of cash?

All of a sudden you have an easy way to ensure people can only transfer money through channels you easily watch and control. Which, I’m sure, the Russians and frankly every government would be quite interested in.



badBIOS update:
First of all, here’s a screenshot of the ultrasonic carrier that two badBIOS infected machines use to communicate despite air gaps.

The specs are communication at 20.5kHz, 35kHz, and 40kHz, with baud rate minimum 128 byptes per second.

It also looks like badBIOS is a misnomer — Dragos hasn’t been able to find much of anything in the BIOS images he could dump, and instead is looking closer at the USB sticks and disk files.

“NATO and Russia announced Wednesday that they have achieved the ability to target and locate bombs planted in large crowds, such as commuter hubs and sporting events.[…]

STANDEX – what NATO calls “world-first technology” – was developed by Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Russian laboratories and companies.

The system was first tested live in June within an underground station in an unnamed European city. STANDEX technology “can detect explosives remotely, in real time and without disrupting the flow of passengers,” NATO claims. […]

STANDEX, especially aimed at finding conventional explosives attached to suicide bombers, uses a series of sensors and microwave scanning technology that can precisely detect abnormal molecular structures within crowds unaware of its presence.”

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