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Written by: Mike Yang

Samy Kamkar spends a lot of time coming up with clever hardware hacks, and his latest project, PoisonTap, may be at the top of the heap. Built on a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero board, the device can be plugged into the USB port on any locked or password protected machine and will perform a long list of attacks on the machine. It will hijack all of the Internet traffic from the PC, siphon cookies from HTTP requests, install a persistent backdoor, and even give access to a router on the local network. Dennis Fisher talked with Samy about where he got the idea for the PoisonTap and how far hardware hacking has come in recent years.
Music by Chris Gonsalves and Ken Montigny