Archive | Hardware Hacking


06 May 2010 | 10,044 views

Untethered Userland Jailbreak For iPhone 3.1.3 & iPad 3.2 Has Arrived

It’s been a long time since we’ve covered any kind of Jailbreak apps, although we did cover some stories where owners of jailbroken devices were getting pwned by Rickrolling followed up shortly after with a malicious version of the worm. I thought I’d cover this anyway as the iPad seems to be ‘the next big [...]

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01 April 2010 | 17,539 views

Open Source Keykeriki Captures Wireless Keyboard Traffic

Another interesting attack, rather than going after the PC/Server this one goes after the data sent by wireless devices such as the wireless keyboards sold by Microsoft. The neat thing is by using a replay attack you could also send rogue inputs to the device. But then it serves Microsoft right for using XOR encryption [...]

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18 March 2010 | 5,022 views

Vodafone Spain Distributing Mariposa Malware

Just a week after supplying an infected Android phone to a worker at Panda Security, Vodafone Spain has once again managed to pass out a malware infected HTC Magic phone to a researcher at S21Sec. The write-up on the Panda Research Blog, including technical analysis of the infector can be found here: Vodafone distributes Mariposa [...]

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05 March 2010 | 10,218 views

Boffins Crack OpenSSL Library Using Power Fluctuations

Now this is a very interesting technique, as far as I know I’ve not seen anything similar to this before. It’s like a rather bizarre meld of hardware hacking and software exploitation using cryptographic algorithm cracking techniques. Some rather smart fellas have found a way to extract the private SSL key from a device by [...]

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25 February 2010 | 6,683 views

US School Remotely Spying On Kids With Webcams

The big news that has been blowing up in the past week or so is about a relatively unknown school district in Pennsylvania, US that has been spying on its students using Macbook webcams. It has actually turned into a class action lawsuit and there is a lot of debate surrounding the story, the school [...]

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27 January 2010 | 12,069 views

Playstation 3 (PS3) Finally Hacked & Exploit Released

Ah finally some proof of the mythical Playstation 3 exploit released publicly. Sadly as always the lack of sales on the PS3 can be partially attributed to the lack of a homebrew scene (aka ability to pirate games). There have been rumours and some speculation about the PS3 finally being exploited with news breaking earlier [...]

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14 July 2009 | 11,392 views

Smart Grid Security Risks – Not So Smart Electricity Meters

You might recall we’ve discussed the security of Industrial Control Systems before, the latest ‘evolution’ is the so called Smart Grid. Which in all honestly, doesn’t seem to be very smart at all. In basic terms they are trying to turn the power-grid into a two way communication medium so consumers homes can report back [...]

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06 July 2009 | 49,264 views

Military Communications Hacking – Script Kiddy Style

Ah now this is interesting..and scary in a way. Script Kiddies with guns! Script kiddies going to war, or is it turning soldiers into script kiddies. Who knows. Anyway, the US military has decided to make their soldiers walking hackers, with an all-in-one super hacking device that can penetrate satellite signals, VoIP networks and normal [...]

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12 May 2009 | 4,717 views

Ensuring Data Security During Hardware Disposal

After our recent story about the trading of BlackBerries for data theft the issue has emerged again this time more towards the secure disposal of data stored on PC hard disks. If a company or organisation has a decent data/information security policy in place (Like ISO27001 for example) they should have a secure destruction/disposal policy [...]

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08 May 2009 | 10,671 views

Explosion Of BlackBerry Trading In Nigeria – Data Theft

The number of Crackberry Blackberry users is increasing exponentially – especially since they released the much sexier Bold and the latest touch-screen Storm. The latest revelation is that used BlackBerries are being traded, not by the value of the phone but by the value of the data contained on the phone! It just shows most [...]

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