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Hacking USB webkeys with Bus Pirate

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 in Bus Pirate, hacks, reversed, USB by the machinegeek


Brad Antoniewicz has been exploring USB webkeys, the dongle devices used as marketing tools which guide Windows users to a seller’s webpage when plugged into the USB port. Essentially, webkeys function as a USB HID, emulate a keyboard and send commands stored in EEPROM to the host PC. Brad explored his webkey’s EEPROM using the Bus Pirate to discover the pinout and reprogram the memory.

For details on this process, read Brad’s post at Open Security Research.

Want to try your hand at hardware hacking? You can make it easier with a Bus Pirate for about $30.

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