One of the best ways to stay safe and secure when using your computers and other electronic devices is to be aware of the risks. For the past decade, that’s precisely what I’ve been doing.
Most risks are obvious: use strong passwords, don’t download and install software from untrustworthy websites, or hand your unlocked device to a third party.
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However, there are less obvious — yet equally dangerous — risks that can result in device or network intrusion, or even device destruction.
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But beneath the fun exterior and the dolphin virtual pet is a pen-testing Swiss army knife, capable of all sorts of things, thanks to the built-in infrared transceiver, sub-GHz wireless antenna, iButton/NFC/RFID reader/writer/emulator, and GPIO connectors, which allow the Flipper Zero to connect to other gadgets. There’s also a USB port that can be connected to computers and smartphones.
This broad capability means the Flipper Zero can be used to control items that have an infrared remote control, to clone RFID cards and NFC tags, to capture and retransmit radio frequencies that control things, such as access barriers and even car locks, and to be connected to computers or iPhone and Android devices, which can be used to send keystrokes to the system to do… well, pretty much anything you can do from a keyboard.
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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For $169, the Flipper Zero