Infineon Technologies, best known for their memory products, has recently filed two patents (1, 2) for technology meant to deliberately interfere with voice over IP transmissions. New Scientist Magazine's patent news blog, Invention, reports that the German company has filed a patent application for a method of artificially creating a bottleneck for VoIP transmissions, effectively degrading the signal.
Infineon's second patent application is for a method of mangling the transmission of speech data over WiFi hot spots.
Infineon's patent applications come at a particularly relevant time as net neutrality debates rage around the web. The thought of this type of technology getting into the hands of a large telecommunications company that opposes net neutrality is chilling to say the least.
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