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DCC 2011: FUNCube project development

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

The FUNcube Dongle is a SDR receiver on a USB dongle which currently sells for $125 GPB. It uses the same E4000 tuner found in the $20 RTL-SDR dongle we've posted about previously. The developer is Howard Long, G6VLB, who chronicled the FUNCube's development in the above video from the...

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USB LCD Backpack: Running a 4×20 character LCD

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Owel was unsure if the USB LCD Backpack would work with his 4x20 LCD. We worked with him in the forum to get it going. If you have any doubts or questions about your project, fast help is just a post away in the forum.

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Free O’Reilly webcast: Developing Webbots and Spiders

Monday, March 12th, 2012

O'Reilly is offering a free webcast on March 13, 2012, at 10:00 AM PT on the subject of Developing Webbots and Spiders: Using virtual robots to automate your work. Among the topics to be covered by this one hour presentation by author and DEFCON presenter Michael Schrenk include the basics...

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2011 DCC: Bluetooth for microcontrollers

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This talk from the 2011 DCC conference held in Baltimore, MD, last September, covers the basics of using Bluetooth in microcontroller circuits. The presenter is John A. Hansen, amateur radio licensee W2FS, and is the developer of commercial amateur radio digital products with his TNC-X company. If nothing else, you'll...

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2011 DCC – Practical Software Radio

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

This talk is from the 2011 Digital Communications Conference (DCC) held last September in Baltimore, MD. The speaker is Matt Ettus who heads up Ettus Research, manufacturers of the USRP family of SDRs. His talk is an in depth technical explanation of "Why Things Don't Always Match the Textbooks" in...

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28C3: The Atari 2600 video computer system ultimate talk

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Here's something for retro video game enthusiasts. This talk by Sven Oliver ('SvOlli') Moll from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin covers the history, the hardware and how to write programs for the Atari 2600 gaming console. The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS for short) was one of the...

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28C3: Hack the planet with Code Hero and Makerhoods

Friday, February 17th, 2012

In this rapid fire lightning talk from the 28C3 Chaos Communication Congress held recently in Berlin, Alex Peake highlights the learning initiative known as Code Hero. "Code Hero, a game that teaches you how to make games so you can make games that teach everything else to make all knowledge...

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28C3: SCADA and PLC vulnerabilities in correctional facilities

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

In this full length presentation from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin, Tiffany Rad, Teague Newman and John Strauchs describe the opportunities and challenges presented by SCADA systems used in prisons and jails. These systems are often used in conjunction with PLCs to open and close doors. Using original and...

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28c3: the FreedomBox

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This lightning talk from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin is a general introduction and status update on the development of the FreedomBox project. The FreedomBox is a personal server running a free software operating system and free applications, designed to preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform upon...

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28C3: Cellular protocol stacks for internet — demystified

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Harald Welte presented this talk at the 28C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. While we use packet oriented transmissions daily over cellular networks, unlike TCP/IP and Ethernet many even in the hacker community are not familiar with the actual protocol stacks for those cellular packet networks. The purpose of this...

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28C3: Reverse engineering USB devices

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

In this talk from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin, Drew Fisher discusses the process of reverse engineering the Kinect audio protocol. He shows how the USB standard can help a reverse engineer out and proceeds to analyze a set of USB logs, finding patterns, building understanding, developing hypotheses of...

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28C3: Soundcard based radio direction finding

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In this lightning talk presentation from the 28C3 conference, the zunkworks crew outlines their work using simple RF hardware and a Linux laptop with soundcard to experiment with Radio Direction Finding (RDF). RDF has long been used in commercial and public safety activites, and the approach employed here attempts to...

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28C3: Dead drops

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

In this lightning talk from the recently concluded 28C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, Aram Bartholl presents updated information on the topic of dead drops. Dead drops are a means of anonymously conveying data using USB drives physically embedded in public spaces. (See this post from 2010.) This talk also...

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28C3: Driving high power LEDs

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Here's a brief video from the recently concluded 28C3 hacker conference hosted by Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, Germany. Jonathan Foote of covers some ways to drive high power LEDs without burning them up, including the latest technology current source circuits and ICs. This was one of the "lightning...

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28C3: Reverse engineering a Qualcomm baseband

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

At the recently concluded Chaos Communication Congress 28C3 "behind enemy lines" conference in Berlin, Germany, Guillaume Delugré presented this talk on reverse-engineering a Qualcomm baseband. Despite their wide presence in our lives, baseband chips are still nowadays poorly known and understood from a system point of view. Some presentations have...

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Defcon 19: Vulnerabilities of Wireless Water Meter Networks

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Security researcher John McNabb presented this talk at the Defcon 19 (2011) conference highlighting vulnerabilities of wireless water meter systems. John managed a small water system for 13 years and draws on his experiences in this presentation covering water security systems and more importantly the hardware, software, topology, and vulnerabilities...

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Ruxcon 2011: Hacking the wireless world with SDR

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

[embed][/embed] Software engineer and perpetural hacker Balint Seeber presented this talk at the Ruxcon 2011 conference held November 19-20, 2011 in Melbourne, AU. Balint presents those unfamiliar with SDR with the basics of the hardware and software you'll need and highlights what's out there in the lesser known areas of...

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Defcon 19: Network Monitoring with Arduino

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Steve Ocepek, Director of Security Research, Trustwave SpiderLabs presented this talk at Defcon 19 (2011). He harkens back to the days of blinking modem lights, and demonstrates how to create a modern day "blinking light" network monitoring device using the Arduino Uno along with itead Studio's Color Shield. Dubbed the...

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Free O’Reilly webcast: Intro to embedded systems programming

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

O'Reilly is presenting a free one hour webcast this Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM PT entitled "A Gentle Introduction to Embedded Systems Programming." Elecia White will be the presenter. Want to do some embedded software? Or worse, did you get handed a project and just want to know...

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Defcon 19: build your own radar system

Monday, November 14th, 2011

At the Defcon 19 (2011) conference Michael Scarito demonstrated how to construct your own radar system. The project is based on a design by Dr. Greg Charvat from MIT and uses synthetic aperture techniques to generate a two- or three-dimensional image. (You can read Dr. Charvat's research paper here.) The...

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