Welcome to Cyber Dump number 3. Lots of cool stuff happened this week, so let's get right to it. As always, all links are included below.
Outernet, the project that aims to bring universal information access via satellites recently published a guide on how to build your own receiver using a Raspberry Pi. You'll still need a specialized tuner and satellite dish, but don't you think there's something really cool about the idea of libraries in space?
Researchers at the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials have discovered a new sponge-like graphene elastomer that could be used to create soft, tactile robots and highly sensitive prosthetic hands amongst other things.
Speaking of prosthetics, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab have pioneered a new technique for attaching advanced modular prosthetics to amputees, allowing for an extremely secure fit, and greater levels of operability. Researchers say that the bone-anchoring device induces a physical response in the body, so that it actually becomes part of the bone.
I think we all know where this is heading.
Evan Johnson, a systems engineer at CloudFlare has found a bug in some modern web browsers. It turns out that if you add a huge favicon to a website, some browsers won't check the size, and will keep loading the file directly into the RAM until the browser or OS crash.
In another example of the dangers of the Internet of things, security firm, Vectra Systems have shown how to add a persistent backdoor into networks, by adding malicious firmware to cheap webcams.
The irony is that many people who add these networked cameras to their systems do so usually for security reasons, not knowing that the little computers inside them are potentially harmful.
Students at Carnegie Mellon have developed a puzzle game that mixes virtual and real world elements. The game is called Garden and uses Google's Project Tango tablet to automatically map the users surroundings on the fly, making it possible to get up and walk around the world unimpeded. The camera on the tablet has motion and depth sensing capabilities, allowing for controller-less hand tracking. You can check it out in the Google Play store.
AMBRO Labs successfully screen printed an electroluminescent light onto a t-shirt. The methods developed allows you to fully integrate light sources directly into the fibers of a fabric, allowing for super flexible and washable circuits. AMBRO plans on further experiments to develop their techniques.
Vice News has an interesting new documentary called Phone Hackers: Britain's Secret Surveillance. It shows how IMSI data catchers are being used covertly in London to scoop up the phone data from thousands of unsuspecting users.
Grindhouse Wetware have also posted an update video about their latest biohacking projects and things happening in the Grinder scene. It includes an interesting and slightly gruesome procedure video for their North Star LED implants. You have been warned.
Shoutout to Grindhouse member and friend of NODE, Bird Machine, whom I believe has one of those crazy implants.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This week we have a guide for creating an automatic packet capturing computer by combining a Raspberry Pi Zero with a hardware lan tap.
There's also a software guide that shows Linux and Mac users how to easily encrypt and decrypt files using the terminal. Simple, but crucial to know in this day and age.
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