Is it Possible for Hackers to Extract Data From IT Equipment by Capturing Data Present in the Power Lines?
Yes, this is relatively new but growing Hacker threat called Power Line Exploit or PLE. An IEEE paper in December of 2019 confirmed PLE exists, and is a real threat to IT security. The transistor switching pulses and the power supply switching pulses generated by IT equipment create signals that emanate from power traces to the ground trace and wire via inductive coupling or inducement, the principle behind ratio transmission. Power Line Exploit is sensing and interrupting these electrical magnetic impulses, that are very low in power and very high in frequency, on the ground wire exiting IT equipment. Because the patented Bantam technology is a bi-directional filter of Line, Neutral and Ground, the PLE threat is eliminated.
Filtered and Protected Ground
The Bantam Technology circuit filters ground (i.e. the electrical grounding safety path or “green wire”) in addition to line and neutral, ensuring a pollution-free ground that is so important to sensitive electronics and audio equipment.
- maintains a stable ground reference important to digital encoding;
- eliminates the need for expensive Isolated or Dedicated Grounds for computers;
- blocks hackers from using ground signal infiltration also known as Power Line Exploit or PLE.
In many cases, computers use a stable ground reference to distinguish “ones” from “zeros” in digital encoding. Digital circuits compare the presumed zero voltage on the ground as a reference to differentiate the positive volts on line. As little as 0.1 volts (100mV) can pollute this ground reference. If a surge or spike of energy over 0.1V is traveling along the ground at the instant the code checks for a reference, “1s”or “0s” can be misinterpreted. The more polluted power that dwells on the ground, the larger the chance for a code error.
It is a common practice for computer servers to utilize isolated ground (IG) electrical outlets as an attempt to alleviate the polluted ground problem. Since the Bantam Technology also filters ground, plugging your computers and other sensitive electronics into one of our products can eliminate the need for an isolated ground wire. Having an electrician install an isolated ground is expensive with unpredictable results.
A Bantam Technology product costs far less than the installation of a special isolated ground outlet.
Ground infiltration is a hacking method that uses ground to capture sensitive information or to deliver unwanted signals. The bi-directional nature of the Bantam Technology filters ground signals that travel from a device. It also filters unwanted signals trying to reach your device.
Further Reading: Technical Papers
- More About Isolated Grounds
- Michael Januszewski’s Paper on Ground Infiltration
- Eight Technologies That Can Hack Into Your Offline Computer and Phone