This isn’t something we’d encourage our readers to do, but it’s pretty fascinating that a seemingly innocuous toy has such power. The IM-ME is a small electronic toy made by Girltech that’s intended to be used as a sort of imitation cell phone, allowing users to send wireless messages to each other. Unfortunately, a hacker named Travis Goodspeed discovered that you can use the hardware to roam frequencies freely and even decode the metadata that prefixes radio communications, allowing a listener to identify both parties on the call. You can also use the thing as a spectrum analyzer and many other unintended purposes.
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