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3D-printed robot cracks smartphone`s four-digit PIN code in less than 20 hours

Last Updated: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 13:19

Washington: A cheap 3-D printed robot is capable of breaking a typical Android phone`s 4-digit lock in less than 20 hours.

The Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher, known more commonly as R2B2, was created by security researchers Justin Engler and Paul Vines , for about 200 dollars, Discovery News reported.

The duo used 10-dollar-servomotors, an open-source Arduino microcontroller, a plastic stylus, a variety of 3D-printed plastic parts and a cheap webcam, which is able to detect when the correct passcode has been used.

R2B2 can be connected to a Mac or Windows PC via USB, which runs a code-cracking program.

Engler and Vines programmed their robot to guess five PIN numbers every half-a-minute, with a 5-second delay after guessing every five times.

At their current rate, R2B2 is capable of going through all 10,000 combinations in less than 20 hours on an Android phone.


First Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 13:19

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