Let's discuss digital privacy and security!
Technology has become integral part of the twenty first century. The advancements we’ve achieved over the past years can be used to benefit humanity, but they can equally be misused to achieve the exact opposite goal. The dual-use dilemma in science is something that we’ve been confronted with for decades. Remember the committed pacifist Einstein unintentionally delivering part of the theoretical prerequisites for the manufacture of nuclear weapon? Thus, technology can be used for the good but it also provides a breeding ground for corruption, manipulation, surveillance, war, criminality or intrusions on privacy. To prevent potential misuse and approach the issue professionally, we’re forced to not only focus on the benefits but also keep the risks in mind and assume our responsibility to get rid of flaws in technological inventions. Additionally, we’re responsible to inform people about potential dangers in the digital world. SpyPi is an approach to do exactly that on an education level: Informing students about potential dangers, their capabilities to take actions against them.
SpyPi is an interactive hacking device that allows students to step into the position of a black-hat hacker or data collector and perform attacks or data-mining in a safe environment. It helps them to better understand the power of technology and the dangers that come with it. The device doesn't intend to spread fear nor force a certain view on students.
The device was originally the result of my high school graduation work. It will be improved for the use in class during the next few months. And a second version will be released.
Key features of SpyPi
SpyPi allows students to gain a feeling for the power of modern technology and the dangers that come with it by letting them step into the position of a black-hat hacker or data collector.
The device has an interactive text-based user interface. Students actively take part and are able to interact with SpyPi indiviually and in smaller groups. SpyPi meets the user at eye-level.
Awareness raising with SpyPi doesn't require much technical jargon. Students are able to understand problems and the dual-use dilemma of technology by simply using the device.
The latest code will be up on GitHup as soon as the improved version will be out.
Components of Version 1.
A Raspberry Pi 3 B is used as it's core.
The device has a built-in RC-522 RFID-Reader.
Passive and active cooling elements are used to keep SpyPi cool.
It powers of an Ansmann 20'000mAh and an Intenso 10'000mAh powerbank.
SpyPi includes a wireless Rii K12 keyboard.
The device has a 1280*800 (7") display from Pi52.
A second WLAN-module is included: TP-Link TL-WN722N v.1.
The OS and data is kept on a SanDisk 32GB UHS 3 micro SD.
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The person behind SpyPi
Inventor of SpyPi
High School Student From Bern, Switzerland