Archive | Hardware Hacking

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30 July 2010 | 15,648 views

iKAT – Interactive Kiosk Attack Tool v3

iKAT was designed to aid security consultants with the task of auditing the security of a Windows based internet Kiosk terminal. iKAT is designed to provide access to the underlying operating system of a Kiosk terminal by invoking native OS functionality. This tool should be (and is) used by Kiosk vendors/developers/suppliers to test the security […]

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29 June 2010 | 9,913 views

PwnageTool 4.01 Released – Jailbreak For iPhone & iPod Firmware 4.0 (iOS4)

The big news in the Apple-sphere recently was the released of iOS 4, which *shock&awe* has folders and multi-tasking – w00t. You can of course jailbreak it with the newly updated PwnageTool 4.01. On Monday, Apple released firmware 4.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. This of course was a major upgrade. As advised, […]

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25 May 2010 | 8,213 views

IBM Distributes Malware Laden USB Drives at AusCERT Security Conference

Another case of ‘accidental’ malware distribution, remember a while back when Vodafone Spain was Distributing Mariposa Malware, the latest is that IBM handed out malware laden USB drives at a security conference of all places. Well on the up-side at least everyone there would be security savvy so damage should be minimal. If it was […]

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06 May 2010 | 10,061 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 | 17,648 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 | 5,039 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 | 10,236 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 | 6,802 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 | 12,161 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 | 11,528 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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