A project log for M1: A Multi-tool for Pentesting & Hackers

The age of hacker multi-tools has arrived.

monstatekMonstatek 10/08/2023 at 06:550 Comments

A while back, we got our hands on a bunch of RFID cards and some infrared components. While RFID (Radio-frequency identification) and infrared technology have been around for a while, they still hold lots of possibilities waiting to be explored. We began with a simple aim: to understand and test the limitations and capabilities of these technologies, and perhaps, to create something new and exciting along the way.
The first part of our project was centered around RFID technology. Each RFID card has a unique identifier which can be read by an RFID reader.
We ordered an ESP32 and RFID module and set to work. Why ESP32? (We'll get to that later!)  Then we set up a workplace access system using RFID cards and a reader connected to a microcontroller.

Moving onto infrared devices. After watching some Andreas Spiess videos on infrared (IR) communication, I was highly motivated. With a breadboard, IR receiver and transmitter in hand, we began decoding and replicating IR signals from my TV remote control, guided by Spiess's detailed demonstrations. My simple setup on a breadboard successfully communicated with my TV, and yielded a few ideas for our own device.

Eventually, we stumbled upon a bunch of projects on Hackaday that were working on RFID/NFC technologies to create a communication channel for IoT devices. The prototype showcased the potential of combining these technologies for enhanced functionality in smart devices and home automation.
Every day that I continue to test and experiment, I am repeatedly struck by the wide possibilities of RFID and infrared. Through sharing my experiences and learning from others, I am eager to see where this takes us. Whether it's creating or designing a fun gadget, or sharing a project with others, the adventure is far from over.

Our Vision

Those open-source devices we admired so much really were the source of inspiration for Monstatek. Our dream of a multi-tool for hackers, along with our nostalgia for the charm of retro game consoles, led to "unnintendo-ed" consequences.

The "inspiration."

Initial design concept.
Our mission is to improve people's understanding of technology and remove the obstacles that stop them from  exploring the digital world. We're all about empowering users through knowledge and providing the right tools. One monster tool for all.