Flipper Zero: Geeky toy or serious security tool?

It looks like a toy!

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I’ve been asked a lot about Flipper Zero.

It started when it was first put up for crowdfunding in the summer of 2020. Since there are so many crowdfunded things out there that basically die on the vine, I overlooked it. But dreams turned into reality, and I kept getting asked with increasing frequency until late last year I took steps to acquire one.

And, after some delays, shipping issues, and the holidays, I finally have it.

My very own Flipper Zero. 

Flipper Zero tech specs ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit 64 MHz (application processor) ARM Cortex-M0+ 32 MHz (network processor) Flash: 1024 KB SRAM: 256 KB 1.4-inch 128 x 64 LCD monochrome display 5-button joystick with back button 2000 mAh rechargeable battery Sub-1 GHz frequencies: 315 MHz, 433 MHz, 868 MHz and 915 MHz (depending on regions) 13.56 MHz NFC 125 kHz RFID 18 GPIO connector Infrared (TX/RX range: 800-950 nm, TX power: 300 mW) iButton 1-Wire support (Dallas DS1990A/CYFRAL compatible) USB 2.0 port, type C

Flipper Zero

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It looks like a kid’s toy, all plastic and brightly colored (remember Tamagotchis, those digital pets that would die or turn evil if you neglected them?), but underneath the fun exterior and the dolphin virtual pet is a dual-core ARM processor that powers hardware that can be used

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