Hackers gotta hack - delta_november
May. 25th, 2011
08:24 pm - Hackers gotta hack
When was chatting with probabilistic a few days ago about modifying my old HAM radio's transmit frequencies, I said something to the effect that I was about 20 years old at the time, and was affronted by being locked out of certain (illegal) capabilities of the device that I owned. The implication was that I've grown out of that sort of foolishness.
Clearly not. I bought a Tektronix DPO2014 oscilloscope this week. The 'scope has a little slot to accept upgrade keys which unlock particular features. The keys sell for ~$700 each, and I had assumed they contained some sort of fancy crypto-widget. But apparently not. Apparently the key contains an I2C EEPROM that simply contains the number of the feature to unlock.
And so now I feel compelled to make my very own skeleton key. This is financially ridiculous, as it will cost me far more in time (as measured in bill-out rate) than it would to just buy the things. It's ethically dubious. But there's no question that it's what I have to do.