Archive | Hardware Hacking


26 June 2008 | 40,790 views

Hackers Crack London Tube Oyster Card

It just goes to show, having an aluminium lined wallet could really be useful! Hackers in the Netherlands found they could clone an access card using the Mifare chip, after that they traveled to London to try their technique out on the Oyster card (used on the London Underground), which uses the same chip. It [...]

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12 June 2008 | 9,692 views

New Zlob Trojan Alters Your Router Settings

Another new development in the malware arena, this new version of Zlob will actually log onto your router and change the DNS settings to hijack your traffic. Pretty interesting approach and it will work because 99% of people won’t change the default password on their routers. Let’s face it, have you changed it? A new [...]

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03 April 2008 | 6,080 views

Biometric Keylogger Can Grab Fingerprints

Well this is quite scary as biometrics are touted as the ultimate in security and two factor authentication with biometrics is about as ‘heavy’ as most places get. The fact that the biometric data can be ‘sniffed’ reconstructed and re-used…is worrying to say the least. Do any of you have biometric measures in your workplace? [...]

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29 November 2007 | 7,398 views

Security Software Moves to Consoles – Web Filtering for PS3

Ah it seems some companies are having the same idea as me, consoles might well be the next infection vector for zombie style botnets, they have good processing power, the current generation has ample hard-drive space and they are network connected. The difference with consoles is they tend to be turned off when not in [...]

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09 November 2007 | 34,676 views

Graphics Cards – The Next Big Thing for Password Cracking?

Interesting research from Elcomsoft, using the parallel processing capacity of graphics cards to speed up the password cracking process. Pretty inventive thinking, as graphics cards get more and more powerful, and they are created to do massive parallel tasks for all the latest and greatest games, why not apply it to password cracking! A technique [...]

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14 September 2007 | 33,358 views

PSP All Version Firmware Homebrew Hack Surfaces

Seen as though we get a lot of searches for PSP firmware updates and information about homebrew, I thought I’d post about this which popped up a few months ago. In what undoubtedly will be remembered as a historic and life-changing event for PSP enthusiasts everywhere, a group of coders (Noobz and Archaemic, to be [...]

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23 August 2007 | 16,727 views

Caller ID Spoofing to be Made Illegal in the USA

The US Congress recently approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof Caller ID in the USA. A while back the FCC announced the wanted to crack down on Caller ID spoofing as it was still too easy. The amount of the forfeiture penalty (…) shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or [...]

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16 August 2007 | 6,756 views

German Hacker Successfully Clones E-Passports

So the latest news is that the RFID chips in electronically enabled passports are NOT encrypted, which bright spark came up with that idea? Ok so you implement ‘more secure’ RFID passports, and leave all the data in plain text for anyone to tamper with – nice! So what do you think they are gonna [...]

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18 July 2007 | 9,573 views

Intel Core 2 Duo Vulnerabilities Serious say Theo de Raadt

The scariest type of all, hardware vulnerabilities. Security guru and creator of OpenBSD Theo de Raadt recently announced he had found some fairly serious bugs in the hardware architecture of Intel Core 2 Duo processors. He goes as far as saying avoid buying a C2D processor until these problems are fixed. A prominent software developer [...]

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11 April 2007 | 14,409 views

Legal to Unlock Cell Phones Since November 2006

As with the UK, many phones in the US are sold under contract and are given at very discounted rates or even free in some cases if you sign a contract for year withe service provider. Before that it was illegal to unlock your phone but finally in November 2006 it came out in court [...]

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