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Amazon Bans Sale of FlipperZero Gadget

Mon 04 Dec 2023 | 07:11 PM
Israa Farhan

Amazon has banned the sale of the FlipperZero portable device designed to hack digital frequencies such as waves and TV signals.

The device first appeared in the summer of 2020 but gained significant popularity this year after many people used it for pranks on TikTok.

Amazon decided to ban the product after it became apparent that it could also clone credit cards.

In social media videos, students were seen using it to disrupt classes by turning off smartboards and annoying friends by shutting down screens during live video games.

In another instance, a user turned off screens at a fast-food restaurant chain.

The device was designed thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that raised $5 million over three years.

While it has been used for harmless pranks like pausing a video game or changing a TV channel, it has more sinister applications, such as using its radio feature under 1 gigahertz to mimic remote key fob signals for car theft.

The device is capable of scanning and memorizing credit card information but can only hack it by passing the device directly over it.

It can also steal card information through smartphone features like Apple Pay after unlocking the phone.

Amazon warned against selling this device due to its potential for malicious purposes, according to the British Daily Mail.