RF jamming or radio jamming refers to the blocking or jamming of wireless communication networks. The jamming of signals is meant to interrupt communication by introducing factors which disrupt the connection between two or more devices, thereby tampering with the information flow. While sometimes radio jamming can occur accidentally, there are ways in which hackers can jam frequencies so that communication is hindered. A knowledge of RF jamming technologies should help IT companies in Ottawa, better their client’s network security.
In radio jamming, hackers use a transmitter that is tuned to the same frequency and modulation as the recipient of the signal. The hacker then increases the power of their signal such that the frequency is masked, blocking communication. The distinction between intentional and unintentional radio jamming can be determined from the receiver’s end. This is because when a signal has been jammed, the receiver of the signal can always hear distinctive noises on their ends, such as hisses, pulses, distorted speech and other various sounds.
In digital frequency jamming, hackers normally take advantage of the handshaking between a receiver and the transmitter to intercept and send initiation data packets to the receiver. Once the receiver has acquired the data packets, hackers can loop communication such that the receiver cannot get connected because it is stuck in an infinite loop of the same data packets.
For wireless digital connections such as Wi-Fi connections, jamming entails the reduction of the Wi-Fi signal quality to the point where it becomes unusable or it disconnects from the receiver. This is done by setting up a simple continuous transmission in a network, such that the actual transmitter will always be stopped from transmitting a signal, causing a frequency jam. On other occasions, digital jammers work by detecting and analyzing the packet headers, determining the source and destination of the packets, and transmitting over the packet end. This leads to corruption of the data and subsequently, jamming of the frequency.
Access points can also be affected where the hardware receives too high signals and ends up getting damaged. Wireless jammers also affect smaller connections such as Bluetooth connectivity, although this kind of jamming is limited to smaller devices and smaller radiuses than other wireless connection options. It is essential that for all companies in Ottawa, network support is upheld by always monitoring client systems and responding immediately whenever there is a potential jamming detected in their systems. By alerting the support group, a customer will be able to get immediate assistance to prevent loss of important data packets and damage of networks.