NSA-Proof Wallpaper: New Anti-Surveillance Technology Can Also Shield Electronics Against EMP Attacks

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The following article was originally published by Joshua Krause at Tess Pennington’s Ready Nutrition.

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Tech Company Develops the World’s First EMP-Proof Wallpaper
By Joshua Krause

If you’ve ever done any research on the effects of an EMP, you’ve probably heard about a Faraday cage. If you’re not familiar with it, a Faraday cage is capable of blocking electromagnetic waves with a porous metal mesh. Since the metal is conductive, it disperses the energy in a way that prevents it from entering the interior of the cage. That makes it an excellent tool for protecting electronic devices from the effects of an electromagnetic pulse.

Unfortunately, Faraday cages aren’t always convenient, on account of them being heavy metal cages. However, a technology firm out of Utah known as Conductive Composites, has just invented a new material that could revolutionize the way you protect your electronics.

Conductive Composites  has created a method to layer nickel on carbon to form a material that’s light and mouldable like plastic yet can disperse energy like a traditional metal cage.

‘Our materials integrate game-changing conductivity and shielding performance as part of a multifunctional materials system, while preserving the basic weight, cost, structural, environmental, and manufacturing performance advantages of composites and plastics,’ the firm says.

In fact, it’s so light, thin, and flexible, that you could apply it like wallpaper to protect an entire room. The company claims that their material can even be incorporated into paints and concrete. These attributes have the potential to make it easier and more affordable than ever before to protect all manner of electronics, big and small. Conductive Composites has actually started prototyping a few products that are essentially portable “Faraday Cases,”the smallest of which isn’t any heavier than a rolling suitcase. And as an added bonus, these products could also be used to bolster cyber security efforts.

The cases range in size from suitcase-sized units for carrying smaller digital devices to wheeled portable enclosures that can house servers—providing what is essentially an EMP-shielded portable data center. The cases and enclosures are being marketed not just to the military but to consumers, corporations, and first responders as well.

The materials used in Faraday Cases can also be used to create ultra-lightweight antennas, satellite communications reflector dishes, and hundreds of other things that currently need to be made with conductive metal. And they could be a boon to anyone trying to prevent electronic eavesdropping—be it through active wireless bugs, radio retroreflectors used by nation-state intelligence agencies, or passive surveillance through anything from Wi-FI hacking to electromagnetic signals leaking from computer cables and monitors. And in some cases, they could make it possible to create the kind of secure spaces used by government agencies to prevent eavesdropping nearly anywhere.

That’s why the media has been referring to this technology as “NSA-proof wallpaper.” It has the potential to give the average person the same anti-surveillance technology that was previously only cost-effective for governments. Someday soon, turning your house into an EMP-proof, counter-surveillance bunker, may be no more difficult nor any more expensive than a home makeover.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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    1. ArmageddonProof

      I’m already upgrading my tin foil hats to this new material.

      • Ppod

        Me too – with my tin foil condoms.

      • durangokidd

        I LOVE American Ingenuity. The grid will go down, but our houses will be EMP proof.

        Only in America !!! 🙂

        • Braveheart

          Where will this material be available? I WANT SOME, I WANT SOME. My whole home become a faraday cage AND NSA-proof? Now there’s something I want.

        • wulfman

          Your still on the grid?

        • Ketchupondemand

          Just how old are you, Acid?

          (Bet he never answers ;))

        • sixpack

          I didn’t think you could restrain yourself for very long.

        • Braveheart1776

          Acid, f#$% you! Go look at your own self in the MIRROR. You’re brain-dead just for getting involved in one of those ‘alternative lifestyles’. Go f#$% yourself, sodomite!

        • Jim in Va.

          Keep it up Acid,Karma comes around.

        • Plan twice, prep once

          I just looked out the window, but it was dark, I went out with a flashlight, but all I saw was deer, yup I’m infested by Bambi. Tell me what to do?

          • Leonard

            Shoot to kill.

        • MARCUS

          yawn. cant believe you people still get excited by some persistent bipolar internet commenter. Ignore is ramblings, there’s more important things to expend energy on.

      • Truthy1

        Not so fast ! How safe is it in an electrical storm ? I wouldn’t feel too safe with the possibility of the interior on my abode becoming energized ! This looks like a pet rock to me !

        • Plan twice, prep once

          Actually, I did get hit by a lighting strike once.

          It hit the front of the house, it wiped out the garage door openers, it followed the ground line to the service panel. There it spread to the Internet and satellite reciever.

          I had to buy three garage door openers, but dish bought a new Sat receiver, because I had the service plan. The TV lost one port. The Internet DSL modem/router was toast.

          This is much like an Emp attack, yup we are screwed.

          • Adamantium

            In order for a faraday cage to be installed property, it actually has to be grounded. You’d run into some significant issues otherwise. I’d be interested to see how this “wall paper” gets grounded, in order to appropriately catch and disperse the signals.

            • MARCUS

              If it works like existing EM film, each sheet has to be bonded to the next and/or wired to a common ground. If its in paint form, you would probably have to provide a central ground. This also needs to be applied throughout a structure, 360 degrees, and without a gap to be a true faraday cage. cant just slap some on an outside wall and call it gtg

              • Adamantium

                Yea, I know about the gaps. Are you saying though as an em film, would it function similar to bonding the anode and cathode probes of individual solar sells to the next? A running ground strip through the whole of the film? I imagine the paint would be some kind of running ground strip.

    2. B from CA

      If it worked for us, they wouldn’t let us have it. What’s the catch. Could a false sense of privacy get us to let our guard down?

      • Lone wolverine

        If voting matterd they wouldn’t let us do it. Mark Twain.

      • smokey

        Lets not get paranoid about paranoia !


        Just in case you mist my reply from the other day B.
        I’m thanking you again.
        I’m gonna be away for here for a time?
        I’m afraid it’s gonna be shorter than I was hoping for.
        But thanks anyways.

      • sixpack

        The military has had this, or something like this for a long time. By now, everyone BUT US has it. I wouldn’t mind protecting a job box with it, so I could store all of my electronics in one spot.

      • Adamantium

        This, exactly this. I think it’s a marketing ploy to take advantage of the anti-spying sentiment right now. I highly doubt this technology would be available to the public.
        I’ve always thought about collecting copper scraps. 12 or 14 gage. Bending them into tiny chain links and weaving a porous copper “chain mail blanket”, keep a grounding rod and a hammer near by, with a tab on the blanket for grounding. See warning signs, manage to get lucky enough, pull it out of the trunk, throw it over the car and ground it.

        • MARCUS

          wouldn’t work if the blanket is contacting the car… you need to air gap it.

          • adamantium

            Good to know.

    3. John in WV

      This Company will make a fortune!

    4. hammerhead

      What about the conductive paint used to stop static electricity in manufactureing plants where curcuit boards are made?
      That stuff should do the same thing .

      • Lone wolverine

        Lets research that. The grey paint on electrical boards?

        • hammerhead

          No , the grey paint on the floors , workers wear wires that drag on the floor to ground themselves to it, preventing static discharge.

    5. Lone wolverine

      I read that to test your faraday cage put your cell phone in and dial your number if it rings your faraday cage doesn’t work.

      • Adamantium

        Exactly right. Most people think just any old metal box will work, and as long as it’s the proper metal it will. The trick is that it has to be conductive metal. Aluminum will not work. Steel and Copper, those are your materials.

    6. Lone wolverine

      I read that lead paint would stop it . So they made it illegal.

      • Truthy1

        That is correct ! Nobody ever ate paint chips for crying out loud !

      • sixpack

        They made it illegal so people like Acid Etch wouldn’t eat it…you see what happened to him.

        • Braveheart1776

          Sixpack, I don’t even want to know what else acid does.

      • Archivist

        I don’t think that lead-based paint will stop anything. My house is very old and is covered in lead-based paint, inside and outside. The wireless goes throughout the house, the wireless phones work fine, radios work fine, and cellphones work fine.

        I imagine there’s not enough lead in paint to make a difference. There might be enough metal in that aluminum paint they paint bridges with. I might have to try painting a plastic container with aluminum paint and do the cellphone test on it.

        • Adamantium

          I’d like to know the outcome of that test, I have yet to get anything in terms of “light aluminum” to work.

    7. Lone wolverine

      Is this what the land of the free has come to. Government employee proof wall paper?

    8. mallardhen

      Think I’ll stick to my garbage can I can carry that around, doesn’t everyone?

      • wtperry

        I hear a old, burnt out microwave oven will make do for a faraday. Anybody have any feedback for this?

        • wtperry

          Nevermind, I see this was answerd in previous posts.

    9. rellik

      It surprises me how many people don’t understand the difference and relationship between current and voltage. We all live inside of a huge Magnetic field. We are saturated by high frequency energy (build a crystal radio sometime), or get a sunburn. (310 nanometers and less wavelength).
      I have a metal shop, my houses have metal roofs. My electronics all are EMI and surge protected. My internet backbone is mostly fiber and locally RZ encoded telephone line.
      You don’t need to spend a lot of money to protect against EMP. If they incorporate this technology into Tyvek house wrap it would be great!
      I worry more about Democrats and Moslem’s politics destroying our life style than a EMP from some nutcase with a bomb.

      • hammerhead

        “I worry more about Democrats and Moslem’s politics destroying our life style than a EMP ”

        Damn straight !
        Thats a real and immediate threat .

    10. Anonymous

      The government will be tracking purchases of this stuff to find out who has something to hide.

      In fact, that’s it’s true purpose.

    11. Centinel

      So, why not just use actual tinfoil and glue it to the walls? You’d have to roll-join the edges somehow to have a continuous electrical connection, then attach it to a ‘ground’. There are already lead-lined gypsum dry wall products that would do the same thing and give added protection against nuclear radiation. Reference – http://www.radiationproducts.com/gypsum-board.htm .

    12. Asshat

      Wonder if Mylar would have these properties make you own shit with duct tape. tyvek is good but no metallic side. Acid ate lead paint haha I think Ron ahren did with his Tourette’s like rants funny shit.

      • Adamantium

        I’ve tried the cell phone test with the anti-static mylar bags you get with electronics. That did not work, unless there is another type of mylar bags that have a higher metal content, I honestly doubt it.

    13. SmokinOkie

      I just want something that’ll match my camouflage kevlar carpet.

    14. Lone wolverine

      Our time will come and their time will end . Keep the faith.

    15. Lone wolverine

      Our time will come and their time will end . Keep the faith.

    16. smokey

      So what’s the point, you’re going to have functional electrical devices when the grid is gone and no one else has anything working either? Paint a big target on your house.

      I’d rather spend the money this stuff would cost on a solar setup, or lamps and fuel, seems as if that would do a lot more for me when the time comes.

    17. Jim in Va.

      I hope they have colors that match my furniture.

    18. Lone wolverine

      They are ever so slowly strangling us.

    19. adamantium

      On the topic of faraday cages, helpful tip.

      There’s a faraday cage in just about everyone’s home. Your microwave. Had to upgrade recently? I hope you kept your old one. Cut the plug off the chord and out it on a grounding rod. Bury the microwave door up, and you got a nice hide away safe for a hamradio, scanner, or hand held radios. Hope this helps.

    20. 88

      If you purchase this product you will definitely get on a list. The last thing .gov wants is for us to have privacy. That being said, I think it woul’d be very cool to emp proof the whole house. Hell, you coul’d even paint your bug out vehicle and make it emp proof.

    21. slingshot

      This product has some good applications but it is not a Fix All.

    22. Mr Smith

      Tin foil under the wallpaper will work just as well, old builders trick to hold back damp from plaster but you need to use PVA glue.

      Yes nice job but the windows let the job down and the CIA/NSA can point a lazer at your windows to hear every word you say in the house.

      if you are running window ten and read the service agreement then you have already thrown all you rights away to any privacy.

      An EMP going off won’t end the world but it might just give us time to save it or have you not seen the new generation of cheap robots Samsung are now turning out.

      If you are lucky and A.I or robots don’t put you out of a job then the people they put out of work will retrain and if they don’t take your job then they will certainly push your wages down.

      EMP, yes please, we were much better off in the 1980’s

    23. scott

      What good is the wallpaper if you have no Internet or cellular service?

    24. Misterfixit

      On a serious note, research TEMPEST, Red-Black Engineering Criteria, SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), DIA Manual 50-3, DCID 1-14, Bonding and Grounding Principles, HEMP, EMP Defense Manual (JCS Instructions). You may have to go to either WiKiLeaks or the Dark Web (TOR) to find the last 4 documents. Also, Congressional Research Service publications on EMP. All of these guides are not easy reading, however you will find just how daunting true EMP protection is to achieve. Portable SCIF/TEMPEST enclosures have been around since the 1980’s; I’ve worked inside of several. They are made of a fine copper mesh, clad with a type of rubberized material and erect like a tent. How do I know all this? Don’t ask, don’t tell, etc., but been there, done that in the real world.

    25. Sgt. Dale

      Don’t get in too big of a hurry. The next thing you will here is. It stopped the EMP but it gave you cancer!!!

    26. monkeywrench

      I strongly suspect this is a failed DARPA project

      They’re trying to recoup the “investment” 😉

    27. NickelthroweR


      An old broken microwave oven works perfectly as a Faraday cage. Place any electronics you’d like to have after the emp attack and place them in the microwave.

      Think about it, it is shielded to stop microwaves from getting out, it will stop an emp blast from getting in.

      Problem solved.

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