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

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

Last Updated: Jul 26, 2013, 13:19 PM IST

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.

ANI