What is Flipper Zero, the Russian device (for sale) for hacking cars and Wi-Fi networks

What is Flipper Zero, the Russian device (for sale) for hacking cars and Wi-Fi networks

The whole project was born on Kickstarter: in just over two years it raised 4.8 million dollars.

“Hack the Planet”. The first sentence you read on the orange and black display immediately clarifies the purpose of this device. A white and orange case the size of a car remote control. A couple of buttons. And above all a myriad of antennas and peripherals capable of reading and replicating a wide range of signals. On July 7 it was officially launched Flipper Zerothe final product of a project born on Kickstarter over two years ago. To create it Pavel ZhovnerRussian computer scientist and coordinator of the Hackerspace Neuron in Moscow.

Flipper Zero raised 4.8 million dollars for its development and is now being sold in a dedicated shop. At the moment the online store is in the process of being set up but on various sites you can find it for figures ranging between 300 and 180 dollars. Flipper Zero is a swiss army knife for hackers, but not only. The graphical interface and the large archive written by the community that supported the project make it a tool that can also be used by those who have only basic computer knowledge.

What can be done with Flipper Zero

Over the past month YouTube has been filled with videos where different creators have tried Flipper Zero. The applications are practically endless. Once removed from the box, this device immediately presents preset functions that allow you to carry out basic operations. By then downloading filmware updates or data packages created by other users, you can further increase the possibilities of the device. The server Discord dedicated to the project seems very active: it has over 30 thousand registered users with thousands of people active at all times.

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FLIPPER ZERO | One of the functions is dedicated to Bluetooth connections

FLIPPER ZERO | One of the functions is dedicated to Bluetooth connections

Among the most used options in the different tests that can be found on the web is that of open electronic gates without the need for a remote control. In fact, Flipper Zero allows two things. It can read and replicate the signal used by a remote control to open a gate or it can use a more invasive tactic and try to send different signals to the gate within the same range until it finds the right one.

Adding a WiFi antenna to the base device is then possible hook up to WiFi networks who work close by. The distance reached by the signal varies according to the type of antenna. Once this operation has started, those who have Flipper Zero in hand can disconnect all users from the networks they can read, can rename or obscure active networks, and in case they can also replicate the name of a network to convince a user to connect directly with he. Once you hook up the WiFi with Flipper Zero, it will also be possible to send any data packet to the device, too malware.

The security risks

Up to here the potential of Flipper Zero should be quite clear. But this device can also do high. The ability to read a signal (in computer jargon sniffing) and to replicate it can also be used to open a car. Just stand a few meters from the car and read the signal sent by the original remote control once it is closed. It’s still. Through the NFC reader, Flipper Zero can also duplicate cards that use this technology, from those for transport to those used to enter hotels.

FLIPPER ZERO | This device can also work on NFT technology

FLIPPER ZERO | This device can also work on NFT technology

Flipper Zero is presented as a tool to develop one’s knowledge of programming and hacking. On the contrary. The dolphin used as a mascot, the light colors and all the cartoon graphics of the project suggest that it is almost a toy. But the risks are obvious. In the tests that can be found on YouTube, it can be seen that to open a gate or modify a WiFi network, just a few steps are enough. Even if the project is in the clear and the code is all open source, it is clear that this Swiss Army knife risks becoming a problem for IT security.

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