Flipper Zero device can crash iPhones, hack key Cards

A new device called the Flipper Zero has been gaining popularity for its ability to hack a wide range of radio frequency (RF) devices, including iPhones, key cards, and even car fobs. The device is relatively inexpensive and easy to use, making it accessible to a wide range of people, including those with limited technical expertise.

Security researcher Jeroen van der Ham was the first to report that the Flipper Zero could be used to crash iPhones running iOS 17. He was able to replicate the attack in a controlled environment, and other researchers have since confirmed that it is real.

The attack works by sending a constant stream of Bluetooth pairing requests to the iPhone. This can eventually overwhelm the phone’s Bluetooth stack, causing it to crash.

In addition to crashing iPhones, the Flipper Zero can also be used to hack key cards and other RF devices. This is done by sending spoofed signals that can trick the devices into thinking that they are being activated by a legitimate device.

For example, the Flipper Zero can be used to clone hotel key cards, open garage doors, and even start cars.

The sources for this piece include an article in ArsTechnica.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

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