HackRF One is a wide band software defined radio (SDR) half-duplex transceiver created and manufactured by Great Scott Gadgets. It is able to send and receive signals. Its principal designer, Michael Ossmann, launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 with a first run of the project called HackRF.[1] The hardware and software's open source nature has attracted hackers, amateur radio enthusiasts, and information security practitioners.

HackRF One PCB by Great Scott Gadgets


HackRF One is capable of receiving and transmitting on a frequency range of 1 MHz to 6 GHz with maximum output power of up to 15 dBm depending on the band.[2] The unit comes with an SMA antenna port, clock input and clock output SMA ports, and a USB 2.0 port. HackRF One integrates with popular software defined radio software such as GNU Radio and SDR#.[3] The popularity of HackRF One as a security research platform has made it featured in many information security conference talks such as BlackHat, DEF CON and BSides.[4][5][6]

Academic researchEdit

Kimmo Heinäaro presented a paper at the 2015 International Conference on Military Communications and Information Systems (ICMCIS) outlining how military tactical communications could be hacked with HackRF One and other open source tools.[7]

In 2017, researchers described a GPS spoofing attack to feed a vehicle false signals and mapping data to deliver the target to a desired location.[8]

Media attentionEdit

HackRF One has received criticism in several media reports because it can be used to intercept and replay the key fob signals to open car and garage doors.[9][10]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Update 24: Antennas · HackRF, an open source SDR platform". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  2. ^ "HackRF One Documentation". hackrf.readthedocs.io. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  3. ^ Ossmann, Michael (2018-02-17), hackrf: low cost software radio platform, retrieved 2018-02-20
  4. ^ "Black Hat USA 2017". www.blackhat.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ Adrian Crenshaw (2015-09-12), RT100 Using a HackRF One to Infiltrate the Digital Thetford Wall Patrick Perry, retrieved 2018-02-20
  6. ^ "Software defined radio talks from Defcon 23 - rtl-sdr.com". www.rtl-sdr.com. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  7. ^ Military Communications and Information Systems (ICMCIS), 2015 International Conference on : date 18-19 May 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Piscataway, New Jersey. 2015. ISBN 9788393484850. OCLC 949403479.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ HotMobile'17 : proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications : February 21-22, 2017, Sonoma, CA, USA. ACM SIGMOBILE, Association for Computing Machinery. New York, New York. 21 February 2017. ISBN 9781450349079. OCLC 981765641.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Amazon And eBay Slammed For Selling Device That Lets Thieves Break Into Cars". HuffPost UK. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  10. ^ Sandeman, George (2017-05-15). "Amazon sells gadget used for breaking into cars". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-02-20.