Archive for the ‘Hacking’ Category

Name that Ware June 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Ware for June 2014 is shown below.

This is a reader-submitted ware, but the submitter requested to remain anonymous. Thanks, though, you know who you are!

Winner, Name that Ware May 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Ware for May 2014 was a “screamer tag” from Checkpoint Systems. The board bears the silkscreen markings “SC-TG001 Ver05″, and was made by the Kojin Company for use in Japan. Presumably, this tag is part of an anti-theft system that activates an alarm when connectivity between a pair of contacts, visible in the photo, is broken; or if a signal is received (or lost) via RF.

A lot of good and very close guesses this time, but I’ll have to hand the prize to Hugo for naming the function quite explicitly. Congrats, email me for your prize!

Name that Ware May 2014

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Ware for May 2014 is shown below.

Thanks to @jamoross from Safecast for contributing this ware!

Winner, Name that Ware April 2014

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Ware for April 2014 is a Propeller II from Parallax. Kudos to David for nailing it; email me for your prize!

Novena in the X-Ray

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Last week, Nadya Peek from MIT’s CBA gave me the opportunity to play with their CT scanner. I had my Novena laptop with me, so we extracted the motherboard and slapped it into the scanner. Here are some snapshots of the ethernet jacks, which are enclosed metal boxes and thus a target for “intervention” (e.g. NSA ANT FIREWALK featuring their nifty TRINITY MCM).

Plus, it’s just fun to look at X-rays of your gear.

The X-ray reveals the expected array of ferrite cores implementing the transformers required by gigabit ethernet.