Hardware hacks

Halloween is coming

Halloween is coming. It is time to start those hardware hacks to scare people. For lots of ideas check out previous Halloween postings and following videos:   Arduino Project Ideas – Build a Smart Pumpkin for Halloween Arduino-Controlled Halloween Props How are big halloween displays built? Controlgeek blog has several intersting articles on show control

Managing an Unmanaged Switch

Network switches come in two different flavors: managed unmanaged. Unmanaged switches are cheap but you can’t control them. Managed switches have some interface to configure and monitor the equipment, and cost much more. Watch as Jim Gibson explains why you need managed switches in your network. For a hacker perspective you might ask how different those two

USB reverse engineering tips

Do you want to know what happens in the USB devices? What data flows between your PC and your device? Here are some videos that show tips how you can figure out what data flows on your USB ports. Reverse Engineering USB Devices [28C3]   How to reverse engineer a USB protocol for Linux  

Are electronic locks safe?

Lock picking is the craft of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device without the original key. It has been done to many mechanical locks if you know what to do, but what about electronic locks? Are they safe from lock picking? Teardown: An Electronic Master Lock article presents