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Flipper Zero – Cyber Tool Disguised As A Toy

Sold as a Multi-tool for Geeks, Flipper Zero started out as a Kickstarter campaign and has transitioned to a full-time product with pre-orders currently open.

In a nutshell, Flipper Zero is used to probe access control systems, RFID, radio protocols, and debug hardware using GPIO pins. Use it for hardware exploration, firmware flashing, debugging, and fuzzing.

It is controlled with the 5-Position directional pad with common scripts and functions are available from the menu. Or, you can connect to Flipper via USB. There is an LCD screen, which is visible in sunlight and has an ultra-low power consumption of 400nA with the backlight turned off.

It features a sub-1 GHz transceiver which is the operating range for a wide class of wireless devices and access control systems, such as garage door remotes, boom barriers, IoT sensors and remote keyless systems.

Additionally, it has an integrated 433MHz antenna, and a CC1101 chip, which makes it a powerful transceiver capable of up to 50 meters range. It also uses 433 MHz to communicate with other Flippers.

It does lots more. Read up on its capabilities at flipperzero.one.

6 Responses to “Flipper Zero – Cyber Tool Disguised As A Toy”

  1. AZKOV says:

    Wow. This is very cool. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Brohammer says:

    I understand that if you don’t know what most of those functions actually are you probably shouldn’t bother, but if I were interested in learning, where would I go?

    • Bill says:

      I’m thinking I’m old because I have no idea what this thing is or does

    • Invictus says:

      Flipper has a forum for development that you can kick around and get an idea of what people are doing with it.

      https://forum.flipperzero.one/

    • ben says:

      I’ve got one. It copied a building RFID card and worked when I emulated it.

      It will copy NFC (credit cards and hotel rooms use this). I was NOT able to successfully open my hotel room one 2 different occasions while using it. Not sure why as it should have worked just like the RFID.

      It can also copy garage door openers and car remote keyless entry signals, but since these use a “rolling code” that is pre-programed the flipper does not know the next code and is not very useful for this.

      It has several other functions that I have not played with (infared TV remotes, General Purpose IO plugs, and USB device emulation).

  3. J says:

    I ordered one. I’ve fiddled with RPis and arduinos off and on as a hobby with my kids and they seem to enjoy the practical more than the theoretical. Stuff they can see really sticks with them more than the conceptual style of learning. I can’t wait to replace my garage door opener with this!

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